| by Eric Niiler

“Can a Bubble Net Stop a Hurricane? Some Norwegians Think So,” reads the Wired headline. The idea to stretch an underwater “bubble net” to allow deep ocean water to flow upward and cool hurricanes wouldn’t be enough, says James Fleming, Colby’s Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society and currently a visiting professor at Harvard University. “Hurricanes certainly need warm water, but they also need convection, a rotational component, and light wind shear above them,” said Fleming, a weather historian and author of the book Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control. 

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