Giant desert solar farms might have unintended climate consequences

In late 2012 I received a phone call from a friend who was asked to invest in a new venture to build a solar farm in an Arabian desert. I am no solar expert but I was the only energy man he knew so he asked me to take a look at the project fundamentals. Part of the project was spraying the entire desert over there with some sort of polymer that would make the top sand layer as hard as a rock to prevent dust. The desert is a habitat – apparently until someone decides to make it a plastic world.

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