Sooty ships may be geoengineering by accident

“The new study… is the first to quantify how shipping deposits iron in parts of the ocean normally deficient in it.”

“GEOENGINEERING is being tested – albeit inadvertently – in the north Pacific. Soot from oil-burning ships is dumping about 1000 tonnes of soluble iron per year across 6 million square kilometres of ocean, new research has revealed. Fertilising the world’s oceans with iron has been controversially proposed as a way of sucking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere to curb global warming. Some geoengineers claim releasing iron into the sea will stimulate plankton blooms, which absorb carbon, but ocean processes are complex and difficult to monitor in tests.”

Read more at the New Scientist.

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