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:4/27/2017)... ... April 27, 2017 , ... ... a name change to Fluence Analytics. , Fluence Analytics provides proprietary ... and biopharmaceutical manufacturing processes and R&D applications. The company’s patented technologies improve ...
(Date:4/27/2017)... , April 27, 2017  Kinexum, a distinguished ... products, today announces the appointment of Thomas C. ... Alexander ("Zan") Fleming, M.D., Kinexum founder, who becomes Executive ... advisor to Kinexum clients. Thomas Seoh ... on the Kinexum mission and lead the firm,s remarkable ...
(Date:4/26/2017)... ... April 25, 2017 , ... LABS, Inc. (LABS) announced in December ... its extensive test menu: Nucleic Acid Testing (NAT) for ZIKV; and Enzyme Immunoassays (EIAs) ... to offer NAT screening for blood donors under an Investigational New Drug (IND) study ...
(Date:4/26/2017)... Pa. , April 26, 2017  Genisphere ... delivery platform, has signed a collaborative and sponsored ... Dr. Silvia Muro . The overall goal ... and pharmacodynamics of various 3DNA designs and formulations ... involve targeting diseases of the vasculature as well ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:3/22/2017)... March 21, 2017 Optimove , ... by retailers such as 1-800-Flowers and AdoreMe, today ... Recommendations and Replenishment. Using Optimove,s machine learning algorithms, ... product and replenishment recommendations to their customers based ... predictions of customer intent drawn from a complex ...
(Date:3/20/2017)... 2017 PMD Healthcare announces the release of ... Management System (WMS), a remote, real-time lung health monitoring ... Healthcare is a Medical Device, Digital Health, and Chronic ... creating innovative solutions that empower people to improve their ... PMD developed the first ever personal spirometer, Spiro PD, ...
(Date:3/9/2017)... Australia , March 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... at the prestigious World Lung Imaging Workshop at the ... Fouras , was invited to deliver the latest data ... This globally recognised event brings together leaders at the ... latest developments in lung imaging. "The ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):