That ice cap…what a pain! I know, lets drop an atomic bomb on it!
This was a serious suggestion by Julian Huxley, then the Secretary-General of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization 50 years ago.
Blast away the ice cap with A-bombs, Huxley reasoned, and you’d create both a warmer climate and new habitable lands.
The idea was enthusiastically pitched to America’s tool-belt demographic by Mechanix Illustrated in May 1946, quoting one Columbia professor who “likens the polar ice to a ‘common cold’ afflicting the earth in ‘head’ and ‘feet,’ producing what he considers an unnatural condition.”