Gallery: Injecting Tons of Tiny Bubbles into the Sea May Help Cool Plan...

 

A Harvard physicist recently proposed an interesting way to cool the earth — brighten the sea. Russell Seitz wants to pump bursts of tiny bubbles into the ocean. Seitz reasons that because bubbles increase water’s reflectivity, injecting tons of extra bubbles into the sea will lower water temperatures and help cool the planet. It may sound totally crazy, but Seitz says he has research to back up the idea.

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  1. tantantara March 31, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Cheap and creative way to compromise life in the oceans on a massive scale!
    Increased reflected light from ocean -> decreased available light to ocean organisms = untold impacts on ocean ecosystem and food-web; disruption of primary productivity – phytoplankton; interesting and unpredictable weather events; cooling & altered ocean stratification; potential disruption of transport of nutrients form ocean bottom; problems for birds and other surface feeders – spotting prey; changes in ocean chemistry due to aeration of surface water…

  2. DgoArch March 30, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    ‘tons’ of bubbles-
    Wow, that really must be a lot.
    Let’s see- one bubble weights… ummmm….

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