By John Stark
A California businessman’s experiments aimed at curbing global warming have touched off a storm of criticism after The Guardian reported he was responsible for the dumping of iron sulphate into the Pacific off Haida Gwaii island on the British Columbia coast.
According to the Guardian’s report, the chemical dumping performed in July 2012 did what entrepreneur Russ George wanted it to do: It stimulated the growth of carbon dioxide-absorbing plankton.
But environmentalists and international agencies are taking a dim view of this freelance experiment inside a sensitive ecosystem about 500 miles northwest of Bellingham.
The Guardian says George envisions using his ocean-fertilizing technique as a way of creating “carbon credits” that could be sold to polluting industries.
George’s efforts are part of what has been dubbed “geoengineering,” the attempt to counteract global climate change from greenhouse gas emissions by artificial means, rather than by curbing the problem emissions themselves. Among other things, would-be geoengineers are talking about discharging sun-screening chemicals into the upper atmosphere.
Some say this activity is already going on and threatens the earth. Check out these reports from GeoEngineeringwatch.org.
For those who prefer MSM, here is a Forbes Q&A with a Harvard geoengineering researcher.
Here’s a blog post from David Biello, an editor at Scientific American.