Re-Oxygenating the Oceans
10 Oct 2007
A Californian firm has found a way of re-oxygenating the world’s oceans, which it firmly believes will help combat global warming.
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A Californian firm has found a way of re-oxygenating the world’s oceans, which it firmly believes will help combat global warming. Using the latest technology, leading eco-restoration firm, Planktos, is planning to replenish the sea’s floating plankton forests, which absorb half the Earth’s carbon dioxide and generate half the Earth’s oxygen.
Simply restoring the marine plankton that has been lost since 1980 could sink and sequester billions of tons of carbon dioxide each year. It can also regenerate billions of tons of lost ocean nourishment for collapsing fisheries, birds and whales.
Normally, iron-rich dust particles blown in from arid lands feed these plankton blooms, but recently this critical micro-nutrient has been in short supply and plankton populations have declined by a quarter over the last 25 years. Now, substitute iron dust particles, developed by Planktos, are being sprinkled on the ocean’s surface as a way to stimulate, revive and speed up the plankton’s growth.
All the results of the trials are open to the public. These are being monitored more frequently than any other previous ocean experiments. If all goes according to plan, the company hopes to restore the plankton back to its 1980 levels.
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