Rogue Bizman Dumps 100 Tons of Iron Into Sea in 'Experiment'
Canada probing possible treaty violations
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2012 2:23 AM CDT
Updated Oct 19, 2012 3:00 AM CDT
Russ George, 62, is coming under heavy criticism for his iron sulphate dumping stunt in the Pacific Ocean.   (VPROBeagle)

(Newser) – A California businessman dumped 100 tons of iron sulphate dust into the Pacific Ocean as part of a rogue "experiment" that has infuriated scientists and government officials. The operation launched by Russ George, 62, spewed the dust off western Canada in exchange for $2.5 million from a native Haida Canadian group in a project with no government or scientific oversight, reports the New York Times. The iron appeared to trigger the growth of enormous amounts of plankton. George claims the plankton created by the "state-of-the-art" study may boost salmon populations and absorb carbon dioxide. The Haida people are considering the possibility of selling carbon offset credits to companies to make money from the project, reports the Times.

Such manipulative "geoengineering" is one idea to "fix" climate change. But it can be very dangerous. “Geoengineering is extremely controversial,” says one expert. “There is a need to protect the environment while making sure safe and legitimate research can go ahead.” Another called it "ocean dumping." Canadian officials are investigating, pointing out that the action likely broke international treaties, reports the Guardian.

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Oct 20, 2012 12:47 PM CDT
it is in my memory that a man wanted to spread coal dust all over the artic to avoid the impending ice age...but he wasnt arrogant enough to see it done...these are the epitome of environmental fear mongering wackos that give the earth conscious a bad name
Oct 19, 2012 9:17 PM CDT
What a stupid idiot. There is no reason not to try this on a small scale in a lab first. By weight, most of that stuff is sulfate, not iron. It's mostly just sulfuric acid salts that he just dumped all over the ocean. He's just going to make a shit ton of hydrogen sulfide. I hope they like the smell of rotten eggs.
Oct 19, 2012 12:03 PM CDT
Lotta people did not like this, but the plankton sure did, and if I remember correctly, plankton eats Co2 and makes Oxygen...