National Laboratory pans ocean carbon sequestration scheme

Questions rise about seeding for ocean C02 sequestration – Argonne National Laboratory LEMONT, Ill – A new study on the feeding habits of ocean microbes calls into question the potential use of algal blooms to trap carbon dioxide and offset rising global levels. These blooms contain iron-eating microscopic phytoplankton that absorb C02 from the air…

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Unexplored Possible Climate Balancing Mechanism

Effect of CO2 levels on phytoplankton. Story submitted by Don Healy This article opens up a whole new vista into the relationship between CO2 levels, oceanic plant growth and the complex relationships that we have yet to learn about in the field of climate science. If phytoplankton respond like most plant species do, we may…

Kiribati – a global warming refuge?

From an NSF press release, comes this strange new term, look for real estate prices to soar and airports to be built there soon. Oh, wait, that’s Tuvalu/Maldives, which global warming is supposed to inundate with sea level rise. Never mind. But then there’s this: In September 2011, Kiribati’s President Anote Tong and the UN…

The fishes and the coral live happily in the CO2 bubble plume

Guest post by David Archibald Willis Eschenbach’s post on lab work on coral response to elevated carbon dioxide levels, and The Reef Abides, leads to a large scale, natural experiment in Papua New Guinea. There are several places at the eastern end of that country where carbon dioxide is continuously bubbling up through healthy looking…

Currents and climate – still not settled

From Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution  via Eurekalert Newly discovered Icelandic current could change North Atlantic climate picture An international team of researchers, including physical oceanographers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), has confirmed the presence of a deep-reaching ocean circulation system off Iceland that could significantly influence the ocean’s response to climate change in…