Plan to dump iron into the oceans to capture carbon.

  • Due to a legal status change sanctioned by the UN, much of the oceans were rapidly divided into tens of thousands of giant fish farms over a fairly brief period (approximately a decade) immediately following the 2056 New Oceans Resolution. Ecology-customizing, multi element ocean fertilization took on a mega corporation, multi-species, aquatic farming approach, allowing for unprecedented protein food supply increases at a relatively low cost, on a planetary scale. Twenty-one billion people are currently being fed by the ocean food management network.


    The New Oceans Resolution also unintentionally resulted in a legal framework allowing for the subsequent creation of the present four aquatic city-states that were originally founded by the burgeoning number of workers suddenly on and under the oceans, far from the continents.


    Encyclopedia Galacticus, 2129.21.14-eng03rv7

  • If you didn't understand previous connection, this one will be safely over your head. Keep up your good work, Alan...

    It may surprise you to know that the people who most strongly support OPR, are fishermen, and the people who support my aluminium work are mostly from the aluminium industry. That is because they have more than a superficial understanding of what is involved.

  • Due to a legal status change sanctioned by the UN, much of the oceans were rapidly divided into tens of thousands of giant fish farms over a fairly brief period (approximately a decade) immediately following the 2056 New Oceans Resolution.

    Seriously, I hope nothing like this will be needed. I hope all fishing ends within a century, along with all meat production. To be replaced with in vitro meat production from cells. They are working on fish cells.


    This is not the same as the Impossible Burger and other meat-like products made from plants. In vitro meat is actual meat. If this can be perfected, I assume it will be indistinguishable from the meat of an entire animal. I suppose people who really like the taste of meat will prefer that to Impossible Burger. Interestingly, my wife prefers the Impossible Burger. She says it has a more delicate taste. The texture is remarkably similar to hamburger.


    In vitro meat opens up the possibilities described by Arthur C. Clarke in the short story, "Food of the Gods."

  • Regarding this whole debate over iron in the ocean, I do not know what to make of it, or which side is right. I suppose more careful testing should be done. It is more complicated and more controversial than I realized. I don't what to make of it, but I would not take Russ George's word for it. He might be right though.

  • He might be right though.

    The idea and some of the experiments pre-date Russ's contributions. There is a strange dissonance in the responses that should be familiar to anyone working on cold fusion, namely, a decent body of experimental evidence has demonstrated that done properly it boosts phytoplankton growth which in turn increases fish populations. Against this is a group of objectors who mainly argue from theory rather than experiment. But I suspect the pendulum is swinging in favour of more experiments.

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    done properly it boosts phytoplankton growth which in turn increases fish populations

    Plankton bloom larger than Australia caused by the country's 2019-2020 fires Algae blooms remain at surface, where they occasionally decompose. They result into anoxic zones in the middle of oceans, which paradoxically hinder organic life beneath them - but no carbon rich sediments will be still formed. Instead of this, the algae would decay with anoxic process releasing methane, which is way more potent greenhouse gas instead.


    The example of ash from Australia fires thus shows, that fertilization of ocean could lead to quite counterproductive results.

  • The example of ash from Australia fires thus shows, that fertilization of ocean could lead to quite counterproductive results.

    You might as well complain about the lava from a volcano affecting grape vines.. For a start this material is a mix of dust and wholly or partly combusted wood ash, it is deposited in uncontrolled quantities with a correspondingly uneven distribution, and not necessarily in a place that would be chosen for the controlled delivery of iron. Apart from that your comment is entirely relevant.