News of the World TONIGHT! [May 23, 2037]

[TRANSCRIPT FROM “NEWS OF THE WORLD TONIGHT!”. ORIGINAL BROADCAST MAY 23, 2037.]

[LEADERS OF THE EURO ZONE AND SCIENTISTS SPEAKING IN A PRESS CONFERENCE]

In an unprecedented display of international cooperation, the remaining countries of the Euro Zone, in a combined effort with the European Space agency and Interstellar Enterprises, launched a dozen manned shuttles into low earth orbit this morning.

[LAUNCH OF ONE OF THE ROCKETS. ONLOOKERS WATCH WHILE FANNING THEMSELVES UNDER THE BAKING SUN]

The purpose is simple: combat the effects of dramatic climate change with engineering science.

[3D ANIMATION OF THE ROCKET SCHEMATICS COURTESY OF INTERSTELLAR ENTERPRISES]

Each rocket contains 750 mirrors made of a flexible paneling folded up like an origami crane. When unfurled in space, the delicate panels will extended up to fifty times their size, ready to be manually connected end-to-end in a cosmic jigsaw puzzle. Once complete, the structure will deflect 1% the sun’s harmful rays away from the earth, lowering global temperatures to preindustrial levels.

[ANIMATION OF THE PANELS UNFOLDING IN SPACE AND LOCATION OF THE LAGRANGIAN POINT POINT]

The entire operation will take about 8 months to complete and will be set in a region of space known as a Lagrangian point. Here, the space mirror will stay in a fixed point between the Earth and the Sun, orbiting the star in time with us.

[B-ROLL OF RICHARD PAALMAN SPEAKING TO REPORTERS]

Dr. Ricard Paalman of Interstellar Enterprises and director of the project, told us the program will have a lasting effect on the future generations.

DR. PAALMAN:
The project will reverse the cataclismic events of the past decade. We believe the Middle East will once again become habitable, leading to a emigration of peoples from the Euro Zone back to their home countries. There is also the posibility that drowned cities, such as New Orleans, could be rescued when the ice caps reform.

However, some scientists doubt whether the mirror will have a lasting effect.

[B-ROLL OF DR. JIM MERRIWEATHER]

Professor Jim Merriweather of the Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research at M.I.T. said a space mirror could do more harm than good.

DR. MERRIWEATHER:
There are simply too many variables. Can the mirror be constructed in space? How will it be maintained against micro-meteors? Will it stay in the L-2 position at all times without human intervention, or will it tilt and reflect more intense sunlight back at earth? At best, it will be a colossal waste of money, at worst, it will only fuel the ever increasing disaster of man-made climate change.

[REPLAY OF ROCKET LAUNCH INTERSPERSED WITH CUTS OF OTHER LAUNCHES]

In spite of the potential dangers, governments have finally taken action to combat the consequences of a disaster looming for decades. Will it be enough? Only time will tell!

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