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December 11, 2006

Jeff R.:Perils of Hindsight, v. 237

In retrospect, the Solar Shades might have been a mistake.

Launched into orbit in 2019 after Beta finished off on New Orleans and Cuba was half-submerged, they reflected sunlight into space, arresting global warming. They helped, but not enough, so automated lunar factories were built to make more.

In early 2032 they reached a tipping point. By that year's end there were glaciers in London and Chicago. People got nervous, started blowing them up. Another mistake; now there's enough orbital debris that it takes a miracle to get out of the stratosphere, so we're stuck with them for a while.

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