No Carbon Credits for Iron Fertilization

Thanks to Miriam for alerting me!

The London Convention Treaty, which limits pollution in international waters, has agreed to limit
iron fertilization experiments to “legitimate scientific research.”
Commercial operations that sell carbon credits will not be allowed. The
delegates will *ahem* iron out the details out in May.


But Dan Whaley, CEO of Climos, a San Francisco, California-based ocean
fertilization start-up, defends his company’s ethics and notes that the
text of the resolution doesn’t explicitly bar commercial projects.
Climos still hopes to abide by the treaties and obtain permits for
operations previously scheduled in 2010.

Dr. M (1655 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.