Navigation Links
Carbon offset warning from international team of scientists
Date:1/10/2008

Leading marine scientists from across the world have issued a warning that it is too early to sell carbon offsets from ocean iron fertilisation.

Published on Friday in the journal Science, signatories include scientists from the US, Japan, Hawaii, New Zealand, The Netherlands, India, Germany and the UK. The UK is represented by Prof Andrew Watson of the University of East Anglia and Dr Richard Lampitt of Southampton Universitys National Oceanography Centre.

Prof Watson said: While we do envision the possibility of iron fertilisation as an effective form of carbon offsetting, we believe larger scale experiments are needed to assess the efficiency of this method and to address possible side effects.

There remain many unknowns and potential negative impacts.

Ocean iron fertilisation (OIF) is one of several marine-based methods proposed for mitigating rising atmospheric CO2. Research since 1993 has shown that releasing iron onto the ocean surface can stimulate the growth of plankton.

However, the efficiency with which OIF sequesters carbon from the atmosphere and retains it in the deep ocean is still uncertain and unintended ecological impacts are not yet fully understood.

Despite the scientific uncertainties, private companies are currently planning larger-scale iron releases to generate the sale of carbon credits.

The joint letter concludes: This group feels it is premature to sell carbon offsets from the first generation of commercial-scale OIF experiments unless there is better demonstration that OIF effectively removes CO2, retains that carbon in the ocean for a quantifiable amount of time, and has acceptable and predictable environmental impacts.


'/>"/>

Contact: Simon Dunford
s.dunford@uea.ac.uk
44-016-035-92203
University of East Anglia
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related biology technology :

1. International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Advocates Screening Fire Fighters for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Using Pulse CO-Oximetry
2. ADM, MGSC and ISGS Announce Carbon Sequestration Project
3. Move over, silicon: Advances pave way for powerful carbon-based electronics
4. Clemson researcher studies carbon fibers for nuclear reactor safety
5. FED-TVs with carbon nanotube technology could supersede plasma and LCD flat screens
6. Carbon nanotubes to be replaced by MoSIx nanowires in high-tech devices says new study
7. Growing tiny carbon nanotube wires to connect computer chips of the future
8. Improved wettability of carbon nanotubes opens the door to new possibilities
9. Understanding of actuator properties of carbon nanotubes bring micro machines closer
10. NASA Goddard Space Flight Centers carbon nanotube manufacturing technology wins Nano 50 Award
11. The sensitive side of carbon nanotubes: Creating powerful pressure sensors
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... 23, 2017 , ... Ellen Matloff, president and CEO of ... as a 2017 Women of Innovation® finalist. Matloff will be among several women ... The dinner recognizes women accomplished in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), along ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... , March 23, 2017 NetworkNewsWire ... ... death, putting significant strain on health care systems, in terms ... diagnoses rises, so too does the development of innovative and ... side effects. Among the many types of cancer treatments, a ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... , March 23, 2017  Agriculture technology company ... A financing and note conversion to commercialize its Cool ... is focused on developing products that are simultaneously profitable ... million in the last 18 months. This latest round ... Bridge Venture Partners. The company,s primary ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... New Orleans, La. (PRWEB) , ... March 23, ... ... of real-time, industrial monitoring solutions, today announced the hire of Dr. Sigmund “Sig” ... for APMT customer applications, strategic partnerships and joint development activities. , “Dr. Floyd’s ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:3/16/2017)... 16, 2017 CeBIT 2017 - Against identity fraud with DERMALOG solutions ... ... Used combined in one project, multi-biometric solutions provide a crucial contribution against ... Used combined in one project, ... ...
(Date:3/9/2017)... MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. , March 9, 2017 ... and 23andMe , the leading personal genetics company, ... Zipongo can now provide customers with personalized nutrition plans ... and biometrics, but also genetic markers impacting how their ... Zipongo,s personalized food decision support platform uses biometrics such ...
(Date:3/6/2017)... MATEO, Calif. , March 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... marketing and sales technology, today announced Predictive Sales ... solution for infusing actionable sales intelligence into Salesforce. ... to automatically enable their sales organizations with deep ... messages that allow for intelligent engagement. Predictive Sales ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):