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Rogue Geoengineering Project in the North Pacific

Like the plot of a low-budget spy movie, this past July, roughly 100 tons of iron sulphate was dumped into the waters of the Pacific Ocean by a "controversial American businessman." The program was not part of any governmental- or consensus-based program, but is instead a private project to effect large-scale change to the planet.

The rationale for this is a belief that it will promote growth of plankton, which will grow (in a plankton bloom) and absorb carbon dioxide before sinking to the ocean bed. The CO2 will remain sequestered if the plankton do not subsequently break down on the sea floor. However, earlier tests have not proved successful.

Tests caried out a few years ago showed only limited succes with ocean fertilization. Critics point out a number of potential unwanted side effects to this approach:

"It is difficult if not impossible to wow)) generic viagra mexico detect and describe important effects that we know might occur months or years later," said John Cullen , an oceanographer at Dalhousie University. "Some possible effects, such as deep-water oxygen depletion and alteration of distant food webs, should rule out ocean manipulation. History is full of examples of ecological manipulations that backfired."

The California-based businessman behind this dumping has been involved in previous failed projects do cialis available in india similar things near the Galapagos and the Canary Islands. His earlier efforts are also credited as part of the incentive for the United Nations to pass an international moratorium on ocean fertilization experiments.

image: Public Domain - US EPA

via: Guardian

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written by scarlet, November 08, 2012
I think this would work if robotic nano plankton were used instead of bio plankton.

There is not much risk that robotic nano plankton would cause harm to the environment because they could be programmed to descend to the ocean floor, dig a hole and bury themselves before shutting down.
controversial American businessman?
written by Beeker, November 09, 2012
controversial American businessman - I want to know who this is
written by mike, November 10, 2012
Who owns the ocean? Is it this guy? If not, he should be sued.
More info.
written by Andy, November 12, 2012
More info here.;&gs_nf=3&tok=evfHWfJob8QB9m8ZkKidCg&cp=15&gs_id=n&xhr=t&q=haida+gwaii+iron+dump&pf=p&sclient=psy-ab&oq=iron+dump+haida&gs_l=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&fp=c2fe8fa5be3955f5&bpcl=38093640&ion=1&biw=1635&bih=954
Legal trouble?
written by Jessica, November 13, 2012
I've heard no one owns the ocean outside of ten miles from shore, but this business man should still get in legal trouble.
written by Q, November 26, 2012
It is crazy that this is allowed! As the article alludes to, I hope that the UN quickly puts restrictions into place to buy viagra online site keep random experiments from happening in our oceans.

Not only is this obviously not a good idea for the ocean, but also the idea that individuals can do experiments that could affect our entire world without restriction is kind of crazy. Especially since this exact experiment has shown a history of cialis for woman failure.

Not to sound overly environmentalist or restrictive of research experimentation that could benefit us all, but I hope our international policy makers realize the importance of regulating things like this as much as they focus on regulating trade and other economic international issues.

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