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The Guardian is reporting that a July dump of 100 tonnes of iron sulphate in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of British Columbia, Canada, by California businessman Russ George has fueled a plankton bloom as large as 10,000 square kilometers. The dump is part of a rogue geoengineering experiment that is intended to demonstrate that ocean fertilization using iron can draw carbon from the atmosphere and sequester it in the ocean long-term to help combat climate change. But environmentalists have called George’s algae bloom experiment a “blatant violation of two international resolutions.”

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  1. R Smith October 31, 2013 at 6:20 am

    A rare Sabertooth whale washed up on shore dead long way from its normal range. Several rare serpentine oarfish have washed ashore dead. Sockeye salmon and haddock numbers are also down. Sardine populations have plummeted. Invasive species have increased. Salmon in the Salish Sea are dying. We shouldn’t be poisoning the ocean dumping iron into it. Before fertilization of the ocean there should be legitimate studies to see how iron “fertilizing” effects the environment. Greedy corporations shouldn’t be ripping off Native Americans to pollute the ocean as part of a scam to try to get carbon credits. They need to stop violating international law.

  2. disgustedofplanetearth October 19, 2012 at 5:43 am

    That one man’s greed and over-inflated sense of self importance should lead him to believe that just because he’s sequestered a large number of pieces of green paper it somehow entitles him to attempt the same with large amounts of carbon (which he can then convert into yet more pieces of green paper via carbon credits) is criminal insanity, pure and simple. lucky2bhere is right. Lock him up. And throw away the key.

    And as for ‘geoengineering’, Paracelsus once said, “Those who merely study and treat the effects of disease are like those who imagine that they can drive away the winter by brushing the snow from the door. It is not the snow that causes winter, but the winter that causes the snow.” Einstein reckoned the stupidity of mankind was infinite. He was probably right.

  3. lucky2bhere October 18, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    This action was incredibly irresponsible and should be considered criminal. More work must be done before anything like this is undertaken. Jail time for George.

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