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Strong et al, 2009: Ocean fertilization, time to move on Print E-mail
Friday, 22 January 2010 22:28


Nature 461, 347-348 (17 September 2009) | doi:10.1038/461347a; Published online 16 September 2009

Ocean fertilization: time to move on

Aaron Strong1, Sallie Chisholm2, Charles Miller3 & John Cullen4

Adding iron to the ocean is not an effective way to fight climate change, and we don't need further research to establish that, say Aaron Strong, Sallie Chisholm, Charles Miller and John Cullen.

In the face of seemingly accelerating climate change, some have proposed tackling the problem with geoengineering: intentionally altering the planet's physical or biological systems to counteract global warming. One such strategy — fertilizing the oceans with iron to stimulate phytoplankton blooms, absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and export carbon to the deep sea — should be abandoned.