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Trump’s threat to nuke a hurricane is ludicrous—but could other outlandish schemes to fight extreme weather actually work?

Global heating and the resulting climate breakdown are making wild weather the new normal. Rather than resorting to fanciful mega-scale geoengineering, though, the real solutions are far more prosaic

By Bill McGuire  

Storm Irma approaches the United States in November 2017. Photo: PA

‘I got it, I got it. Why don’t we nuke them.’ No, not the Russians—hurricanes. Donald Trump’s reported solution to the growing hurricane threat to the US does boggle the mind, but given his inane spoutings on other issues, it is hardly a surprise.

Of course, the President has since denounced the whole things as fake news. Trump appears to be one of those people for whom a nuclear blast is the solution to every problem. But a…

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