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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Geo-Engineering Experiment Planned for Southern Ocean

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Subject: CLIMATE ALERT! Stop Rogue German Ship from Fertilizing Southern
Ocean in Dangerous Geo-Engineering Experiment

ACTION ALERT UPDATE PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY!

CLIMATE ALERT! Stop Rogue German Ship from Fertilizing Southern Ocean in
Dangerous Geo-Engineering Experiment

By Ecological Internet's ClimateArk, http://www.climateark.org/ January 17,
2009

TAKE ACTION:
http://www.climateark.org/shared/alerts/send.aspx?id=ocean_geo-engineering

Many seek to "geo-engineer" a global solution to climate change; that is,
modify the Earth's biosphere at a planetary scale. Is humanity so resistant
to change that we will seek to construct a "Frankensphere", with dramatic
unknown consequences, rather than reducing emissions, consumption and
population?


A rogue science ship is poised to carry out risky experimental fertilization
of the Southern Ocean. This is likely the first of many coming attempts to
begin "geo-engineering" the biosphere as a solution to climate change. RV
Polarstern, a German research ship, is to dump twenty tons of iron sulphate
over 300 square kilometres of the Scotia Sea, off Chile's coast, near the
Antarctic Peninsula. The chemical cargo -- normally used to treat lawns and
sewage -- is likely to provoke a massive algal bloom big enough to be seen
from outer space. German and Indian scientists are hoping the experiment
will show that such manmade algae blooms can provide a quick fix to climate
change by absorbing carbon into the sea. Please write to the German
government demanding that the RV Polarstern turn around and return to port.
Insist that Germany agree to a permanent ban on large-scale geo-engineering
experiments and implementation, until all other options are exhausted, and
until global geo-engineering protocols are in place.

TAKE ACTION NOW:
http://www.climateark.org/shared/alerts/send.aspx?id=ocean_geo-engineering

2 comments:

david lewis said...

300 square km is less than 1 millionth of the ocean area.

I can't help but compare this few tonnes of iron to the 27 billion tonnes of CO2 dumped into the atmosphere each year. This is research. If we discover that the planet has been committed to a runaway global warming, we will need to know the results of this type of research.

Tenney said...

Thank you for your comment David.