Global Warming Battle Goes Out to Sea

Investors back plankton in bid to send CO2 to a watery grave
By J. Kelman,  Newser User
Posted May 1, 2007 2:10 PM CDT
Global Warming Battle Goes Out to Sea
Marine Food Web   (Earth Explorer)

(Newser) – Plankton may hold the key to solving global warming—or so say Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who are investing heavily in the idea. Scientists will dump several tons of plankton-producing iron into the ocean to see if the microscopic organisms will, as they expect, suck CO2 from the atmosphere and carry it to the ocean floor.

Plankton has multimillion-dollar potential in the budding emissions-trading industry. Skeptics say that the science is not well established, and that the increase in plankton may come with its own environmental hazards. But “I’m willing to consider it,” says one doubtful oceanographer, “when I consider the consequences of doing nothing.” (Read more plankton stories.)

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