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 (1714 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

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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