HOME          CATEGORIES          OUR TAKE

Ocean climate fix remains afloat

One of the more far-out ideas to “fix” the carbon dioxide emission problem and save the planet still has its proponents, although many remain opposed.  The idea is to use plankton as a sponge to draw carbon dioxide from the atmosphere into the sea, where it sinks to the bottom and is locked into deep sea sediment.  But the amount of carbon dioxide stored away was less than predicted, so some have proposed “seeding” the plankton with iron, which can stimulate it’s growth.  Others fear that adding iron to the ocean may damage ecosystems.  Experiments show that natural iron increased the amount of stored carbon, but it still fell far below estimates.  The next steps, using artificial iron, will be crucial to determine the ecological impacts.  The German government has now authorized an ocean fertilization experiment near Argentina. However, squabbling continues over what rules and safeguards should apply.

Comment on this article

ClimateYou moderates comments to facilitate an informed, substantive, civil conversation. Abusive, profane, self-promotional, misleading, incoherent or off-topic comments will be rejected. Moderators are staffed during regular business hours (New York time) and can only accept comments written in English.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


More Posts Like This


My take on Climate Change By A City Tech Blogger

  In the recent decade, I personally observed that temperatures started to get warmer and the winter season isn’t as cold as it once was. There have usual changes in temperature such as temperatures normally near zero degrees in the wintertime being in the twenties and thirties. In


Sink or Swim: A City Under Water By City Tech Blogger SM Murad

Hurricanes have different variations and they are mostly formed in the North Atlantic Ocean or Northeast pacific. Hurricanes are very similar to Cyclones and Typhoons, they are named differently based on their geographical location. Whatever the case is, the damage is almost always devastating. Hurricanes rip through their

Take action in the fight against climate change