News of an rogue iron-dumping experiment off British Columbia, Canada, broke in the Guardian on Monday, and was followed up by the New York Times, the New Yorker, and io9. Dr. M explained why this was appalling news, and ever since we’ve been having a vigorous discussion in the secret Deep Sea News lair on . . . → Read More: Satellite imagery of the rogue Canadian iron dumping experiment
The Planktos Incident continues. Just when I thought it had died. Russ George, former head of the defunct Planktos, has decided to, despite the scientific community asking for a more cautious and sensible approach and international moratoriums, dump 100 tons of iron into the ocean. In discussing the DSN core value of Awareness Through Scrutiny, . . . → Read More: Here We Go Again With Dumping Iron Into the Ocean
Fiat lux Being a total dick on the web is easy. From the safe (and relatively anonymous) confines of your bedroom, place of work, mother’s basement, or Starbucks, and armed only with Internet access and the 1st Amendment, everyone can be a critic. Our brave new online world has given anyone with a keyboard a . . . → Read More: Awareness Through Scrutiny, Not Negativity: A DSN Core Value
Recently, news streams, scientific journals, and the web are exploding with conservation news. Below is few highlights from the past few weeks. I’ll take my fish in oil please. PLoS One published an article by Fodrie and Heck concluding that immediate catastrophic loss of fish was avoided in the Gulf oil spill. They also found . . . → Read More: Does Weeping Help? Recent Conservation News
Image from Matter Network Among scientists, geoengineering tends to be greeted with mirth and scorn. Implying that we can reliably manipulate the planet’s life-support systems seems to many to be the classic definition of hubris – “presumption towards the gods.” Almost all climate scientists, even those that research geoengineering, advocate for cutting emissions. But, of . . . → Read More: Why ocean scientists can’t ignore geoengineering
From Nature Adding iron to the ocean is not an effective way to fight climate change, and we don’t need further research to establish that, say Aaron Strong, Sallie Chisholm, Charles Miller and John Cullen. In the face of seemingly accelerating climate change, some have proposed tackling the problem with geoengineering: intentionally altering the planet’s . . . → Read More: Ohh! Ocean Fertilzation Snap!
BERLIN (AFP) — Indian and German scientists have said that a controversial experiment has “dampened hopes” that dumping hundreds of tonnes of dissolved iron in the Southern Ocean can lessen global warming. The experiment involved “fertilising” a 300-square-kilometre (115-sqare-mile) area of ocean inside the core of an eddy — an immense rotating column of water . . . → Read More: Iron Fertilization Will Not Help Global Warming