Ocean Fertilization…Not So Fast!

This just on the wire from ETC…

In a shot across the bows of geoengineering companies, the London Convention (the International Maritime Organization body that oversees dumping of wastes at sea) today unanimously endorsed a scientific statement of concern on ocean fertilisation and declared its intention to develop international regulations to oversee the controversial activities. It further advised states that such large-scale schemes are “currently not justified.”

This is a smart move by the LC allowing for substantial assessment before large-scale ‘trials’ are conducted in biodiversity hotspots like the Indo-Pacific and the Galapagos.

Dr. M (1729 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (http://deepseanews.com/), a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (http://www.scienceofthesouth.com/), connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

One comment on “Ocean Fertilization…Not So Fast!
  1. There you are you see!? Didn’t I say “Call in the army, navy, airforce, whatever it takes and stop them!” ? Long live the London Convention and more power to their elbow! Maniacs who think that piling junk into the sea to remedy the effects of piling junk into the sea should be bound, gagged and then dumped into the deepest bit of the Marianas Trench . . . except – wait a bit – wouldn’t that count as piling junk into the sea??

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