Sunday, September 13, 2009

Acid Seas and Coral Reefs - Part 3

What should be the biggest concern for us all is that as some scientists believe that they can influence the climate of the planet by doing certain things (that may or may not work). The question we must all ask is what other ecological disasters are they creating with their proposed ‘cures.’

After all we have all seen this before with ‘environmental solutions’ such as the introduction of the cane toad into Australia’s Ecology, which was a disaster for many native species and was a clear case of where the scientific 'cure' was worse than the original problem.

As we saw earlier
Professor Flannery is advocating to seed the atmosphere with sulphur dioxide despite not knowing or understanding the possible consequences of such an action:

The gas sulphur could be inserted into the earth's stratosphere to keep out the sun's rays and slow global warming, a process called global dimming.

"It would change the colour of the sky,"

"It's the last resort that we have, it's the last barrier to a climate collapse.

"We need to be ready to start doing it in perhaps five years time if we fail to achieve what we're trying to achieve."

“As the "last barrier to climate collapse.” He conceded there were risks to global dimming via sulphur.

"The consequences of doing that are unknown."

The words "idiocy', 'environmental vandalism' and ‘acid rain’ spring to mind.

Other scientists are calling for the ocean’s to be “fertilised with iron to enable sequestration of CO2 to their deepest levels: Fertilising’ oceans with iron may combat climate change:

Scientists are considering a plan to combat climate change by dumping millions of tons of iron into the ocean to alter its chemical make-up.

They believe the iron could act as a “fertiliser”, promoting the growth of tons of plankton that would soak up carbon dioxide from the surrounding sea water. When the plankton died, their bodies would sink into the deepest waters and sediments, where the carbon would be locked up indefinitely.

The theory, known as “ocean fertilisation”, has long caused controversy among marine scientists, many of whom doubted that it could work.

Dr David Santillo, a senior scientist at the Greenpeace research laboratories at Exeter University,
said iron fertilisation was a foolish idea. “There is no proof that the plankton blooms result in carbon being locked into sediments,” he said. “Adding iron on such a scale will also damage natural ecosystems.”

As a public we must be vigilant against those who would propose ‘cures’ that are more damaging to the environment than the ‘perceived disease.’ Yet some governments and some environmental groups are now encouraging this sort of reckless experimentation and are also funding it.

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