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First 'geo-engineering' trial is hailed a success
07-19-2012, 01:50 PM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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A ship dumping iron into the Southern Ocean has shown off a technique that could be the 'cure' for climate change.

The iron stimulates plankton growth, which 'binds' carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere - getting rid of one of the gases which warms Earth's atmosphere.

A trial, called Eifex, has been hailed a success, after a bloom of plankton sank 1,000 metres below the ocean, taking with it carbon dioxide.


gaah.gif So how will this affect plankton feeding animals and fish? They just have to adapt to new depths really quick as well as a new iron rich diet.

What could possibly go wrong? damned.gif
07-19-2012, 03:36 PM #2
yankees skier
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I wonder who profits from this. Does Al Gore own a mine now?

07-19-2012, 04:01 PM #3
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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More info. from the Institute - they say is is/was a natural process...

Iron plays an important role in the climate system. It is involved in many biochemical processes such as photosynthesis and is hence an essential element for biological production in the oceans and, therefore, for CO2 absorption from the atmosphere. During past ice ages the air was cooler and drier than it is today and more iron-containing dust was transported from the continents to the ocean by the wind. The iron supply to marine phytoplankton was hence higher during the ice ages. This natural process is simulated in iron fertilisation experiments under controlled conditions.


07-19-2012, 04:28 PM #4
yankees skier
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Very cool. Of course the US Navy will now say sinking ships is a green cause. chuckle.gif

07-19-2012, 04:35 PM #5
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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(07-19-2012, 04:28 PM)yankees Wrote:  Very cool. Of course the US Navy will now say sinking ships is a green cause. chuckle.gif

07-19-2012, 04:40 PM #6
Kreeper Griobhtha
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Sinking ships IS a good cause IF it they are scuttled and not just sunk.

Ships make great artificial reefs.

The CO2 issue would be much easier to fix if they would push, or even allow, farmers to grow hemp.


What politics from both sides wants to teach us is that things are never complex. If you have your little package and something doesn't fit into that package, You don't know what to make of it so you want to dismiss it or then you will have to do the work of reconsidering your assumptions. - Michael Malice
07-19-2012, 05:08 PM #7
yankees skier
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I've seen reports on that Kreeper. They make good reefs, and great diving sites. But I neither fish, nor dive. chuckle.gif




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