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Scientists to fight global warming with plankton
ONE of the Earth's major natural barriers to global warming could be
strengthened by the first commercial venture to grow vast plankton blooms.
US eco-restoration firm Planktos intends to drop tonnes of powdered iron into
the Pacific in a two-year project which aims to induce the growth of plankton.
Some scientists believe the iron seeding technique will help reduce the amount
of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere after research published on Friday showed
that atmospheric carbon dioxide is no longer being absorbed by the Southern
Ocean at the rate it used to be.
“The ocean's rising acidity and surface water temperatures and most of all the
dwindling wind-borne supply of vital iron micronutrients have literally
decimated the marine plankton plants which generate half the planet's oxygen,
remove half its CO2 and feed every higher form of ocean life,” said Planktos CEO
“However, public concern with ...
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