Bad News for Super-Villains: Blotting Out The Sun May Soon Be Banned

Burns and the SunMr. Burns: Smithers, have The Rolling Stones killed.
Smithers: But sir, the UN is responsible…
Burns: Do as I say!

Bad news for super-villains everywhere. Tim Wall writes in Discovery News:

Blotting out the sun has been the dream of many arch-villains, including The Simpson‘s Mr. Burns. Their schemes may soon be foiled by the United Nations’ Convention on Biological Diversity.

Super villains aren’t the only ones who want to shade the Earth from the sun. Blocking some of the sun’s rays could slow climate change by reducing the amount of sunlight warming the Earth, say some researchers, such as Roger Angel of the University of Arizona.

The Convention may consider banning or limiting research into space sunshades. Some question their wisdom. A space sunshade would have a rapid effect on global warming and provide time to develop more permanent measures, they say. The technique has already received serious attention from NASA and other organizations.

But others, such as the ETC group, an environmental and social advocacy group, fear simply blocking the sun is a bandage, meant to cover up the problem, and allow humans to continue using fossils fuels. Another fear is that geoengineering, as techniques like this are called, could have unforeseen consequences on the weather, ecosystem and agriculture.

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  • Haystack

    “The Convention may consider banning or limiting research into space sunshades. ”

    1.) Why ban research into anything? 2.) How would a UN convention even enforce that?

    • Hadrian999

      the UN can’t enforce anything, that is why i love all the U.N. is planning to take our guns and rule the usa
      conspiracy theories, the U.N. is probably the most impotent useless organization in all of history, i think the local cub scout troop could muster a more frightening response than the U.N.

  • Haystack

    “The Convention may consider banning or limiting research into space sunshades. ”

    1.) Why ban research into anything? 2.) How would a UN convention even enforce that?

  • Adf

    The U.N., if no one has figured this out before, is a non-governing body. The United States has NEVER ratified any binding resolutions it has passed. The United States NEVER ratifies things like this. Same with the Kyoto thing in japan, or even things that would seem reasonable for us to sign on to. We just don’t do it, and for good cause. I don’t know why stumbleupon keeps bringing me back to disinfo, when i’ve disliked so many of its articles. although i do enjoy some of the marijuana policy ones.

  • Adf

    The U.N., if no one has figured this out before, is a non-governing body. The United States has NEVER ratified any binding resolutions it has passed. The United States NEVER ratifies things like this. Same with the Kyoto thing in japan, or even things that would seem reasonable for us to sign on to. We just don’t do it, and for good cause. I don’t know why stumbleupon keeps bringing me back to disinfo, when i’ve disliked so many of its articles. although i do enjoy some of the marijuana policy ones.

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    Speaking as a super-villain, I can truthfully state that this will have almost no impact on my operations.

    • oman28

      Ah the fools! Little do they know!
      Mwar ar ar ar ar ar ar ar…arrrrrr

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    Speaking as a super-villain, I can truthfully state that this will have almost no impact on my operations.

  • Hadrian999

    the UN can’t enforce anything, that is why i love all the U.N. is planning to take our guns and rule the usa
    conspiracy theories, the U.N. is probably the most impotent useless organization in all of history, i think the local cub scout troop could muster a more frightening response than the U.N.

  • Nano_Thermite_911

    AGW is CRAP! Complete pseudoscience. wattsupwiththat.com if you care to know.

  • Nano_Thermite_911

    AGW is CRAP! Complete pseudoscience. wattsupwiththat.com if you care to know.

  • Garbarjar

    what kind of idiot that thinks supervillains abide by the law wrote this article?

    • ralph

      What you’re failing to realize is, is that the Justice League (and/or the Avengers) has been mobilized by the UN to enforce this “ban”…Try having a sense of humor about such articles….

    • Me

      It was a joke. You’re an idiot.

  • Garbarjar

    what kind of idiot that thinks supervillains abide by the law wrote this article?

  • http://disinfo.com ralph

    What you’re failing to realize is, is that the Justice League (and/or the Avengers) has been mobilized by the UN to enforce this “ban”…Try having a sense of humor about such articles….

  • Me

    It was a joke. You’re an idiot.

  • Anonymous

    Ah the fools! Little do they know!
    Mwar ar ar ar ar ar ar ar…arrrrrr