Oceanic fertilisation project halted indefinitely

25 February 2008

The project has met with widespread criticism from the scientific and environmental community. Many have concerns over the uncertain effects of artificially stimulating algal blooms. As a producer species photo-plankton (algae) is one of the first steps by which energy enters the oceanic food-web.

 

Planktos has encountered serious difficulty in raising the capital required to begin planned ocean research trials. The company’s wholly owned research vessel Weatherbird II and its crew have been recalled home from Madeira where the ship was docked awaiting the necessary funds to begin the first of a series of planned studies of artificially initiated plankton blooms.

 

Ocean fertilisation has suffered a major setback and may not be considered a viable carbon mitigation option until scientists can fully verify it as safe.

 

Research continues but for now the best method of curbing global climate change is still in effectively reducing anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions

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