Captain our Planet
The latest challenge to be launched on MindSumo confronts a problem that affects us all. Global warming, climate change and ozone depletion are some of the hottest (no pun intended) issues being discussed in the scientific community today. Recently, research from Harvard’s James Anderson has revealed a dangerous cycle related to the three phenomena.
Climate change from the production of greenhouse gasses and other sources has led to more violent and frequent thunderstorms which in turn has led to an increased concentration of water vapors at higher altitude. This vapor concentration allows for more ozone to break down into simpler oxygen molecules, lowering the earth’s defenses against the sun’s ultraviolet rays and increasing the rate of climate change even further.
The danger here is in the cyclical nature of ozone depletion leading to climate change which leads to more ozone depletion. Anderson has also linked the extra ultraviolet rays to recent increases in the number skin cancer diagnoses being made by doctors around America and the rest of the world. Ozone depletion is now not only an issue which might affect our well being in the future, but one that is affecting our health right now.
So what do we do when faced with a problem such as this? Put the MindSumo solvers on the case of course! This challenge from The Smithsonian Institute asks our solvers to target a specific phase in the ozone depletion cycle and intervene in a way that can help break it. Do you want to stop climate change in it’s tracks by placing regulations on greenhouse gasses? Do you want to formulate a chemical process to reverse the breakdown of the ozone layer? There are infinite options, but the earth needs your help. So play the role of Captain Planet and save our skins (literally) from the dangers of pollution and climate change