Climate Craziness of the Week – Environmentalist ignores international moratoriums, dumps in the ocean

From the Toronto Star, an example of holier than thou environmentalism in the name of carbon sequestration.

Environmental controversy erupts on Canada’s Pacific coast

Raveena Aulakh

Environment reporter

The Pacific Ocean, just off Canada’s west coast, has a new suspect ingredient: 100 tonnes of iron sulphate.

An American entrepreneur with a controversial past in geoengineering dumped the iron dust into the Pacific near the Haida Gwaii islands in July after allegedly telling local villagers that the “experiment” was a salmon restoration project, according to ETC Group, an international environmental watchdog with offices in Canada.

Russ George, a U.S. businessman, “blatantly violated” two international moratoria when he dumped the iron dust, Jim Thomas of ETC told the Star on Monday — a UN convention and the London Convention on the disposal of wastes at sea.

“There are very clear international agreements that there is (to be) no ocean fertilization,” he said. “Except if the permit (is) granted in very limited set of circumstances. It didn’t happen in this case.”

Ocean iron fertilization — a highly controversial practice — means stimulating plankton blooms in open water, which then seize carbon from the atmosphere and, on sinking to the bottom of the ocean, store it away. Earlier experiments, about a dozen mostly done by universities, have shown mixed results.

George did not respond to requests for comment from the Star but told the Guardian the two moratoria are a “mythology” and do not apply to his project.

Full story here–environmental-controversy-erupts-on-canada-s-pacific-coast


Right, he’s “saving the planet” and who needs rules for that?

h/t to WUWT reader Martyn Jones



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Harold Ambler

The world has seen hypocrisy before, but not necessarily to the extent by AGW extremists. Another case in point is NCAR’s new supercomputer.

Chuck Nolan

One must do what one must do when one is saving the planet.

Frank Legge

The idea of capturing CO2 in the sea is absurd. Far better to capture it on land where the eventual decomposition will return the CO2 to the atmosphere where it will do the most good. CO2 captured by plankton will largely fall to the ocean floor where it will be lost for all time. The level of CO2 in the atmosphere is dangerously low for plant growth.

This isn’t the first time an environmentalist has wrecked havoc for the Haida:


This will sequestrate some CO2 in the biomass that descends into the deeps but since there can be no CO2-AGW**, it won’t do any good. Instead, it will initiate local AGW as the dimethyl sulphide emitted from dead phytoplankton forms sulphate aerosols reduces droplet coarsening rates of low level clouds, this reducing albedo.
So, this idiot has caused more global warming!


How much CO2 was released in mining that iron? I’ve also seen dumb proposals for Mg and Ca coatings on structures that would react with CO2 and capture it. The only problem with that is Mg and Ca are mined from dolomite, which is a carbonate. So you’d be mining Mg and Ca, releasing CO2, so that you can recapture the CO2. Most iron ores are not carbonates, but some are. Anyway, it all seems so pointless and even potentially harmful. That man doesn’t know exactly whats going to happen to that iron. He’s just wasting it by throwing it into the ocean.

ferd berple

Unfortunately there is a long history of American’s trying to apply their own ideas in other countries, and turning friends into enemies in the process. Here on the west coats of BC we have “Tides”, a front for US interests manipulating the political system to made BC into the next California. It is no different that the Chinese trying to manipulate the US political system.
Folks in the US, please wake up. Your make no friends by pissing in your neighbor’s pool.

Dr. Bob

Perhaps this is not the case, but if there is an algae bloom, isn’t there a high probability of hypoxia and therefore fish kill all in the name of saving the planet. Reminds me of allowing the “taking” of migratory birds, eagles, bats, in the name of alternative energy. Don’t these people think issues throught?

ferd berple

The green agenda claims another government. The premier of Ontario – the largest province in Canada – resigns.–walkom-mcguinty-resigns-the-self-inflicted-death-of-dalton-mcguinty-s-bold-agenda
But the centerpiece of the McGuinty agenda was his controversial green energy policy. …
But like the rest of the McGuinty agenda it soon ran into trouble — from rural residents worried that windmills were making them sick, from suburbanites who didn’t want new gas turbines built near their homes, from hydro users angered by their rising energy bills.
In the end, through a crazy-cat combination of Liberal deviousness and government incompetence, all of these contradictions came to a head.
On Monday night, McGuinty said he realized that it was time for his party to try someone new. What he meant was that, politically, he had no choice.
So he announced his resignation. In doing so, he took his government’s entire agenda with him.


Notice the emotional effect of the reporter’s use of the word “dumped?” That’s what we do with, eewww, dirty, poison GARBAGE! If she had approved of what he did, she would have written that he “placed” or “added” or “mixed” the substance; or if she wanted to sound really scientific, “admixed.”
The press and their editors may be as thick as lumber on the science, but as verbal propagandizers, they are skilled and dangerous. Always keep your eye on them.

Apparently, the CAGW cultusts believe that to save the planet they must destroy it. The order of the day is “do something, do anything but do it NOW!”. That means doing the first thing that comes to mind rather than making sure there is a problem and that the problem can be solved without making things worse. Interestingly, reality does not pay attention to so called good intentions. It simply follows immutable cause and effect in response to human action. I suggest that deep down where it really counts, they know this and actually do want the destruction their ill-conceived actions produce. They do not mean well. Their intentions are not at all good.


As with all things liberty, the rules are only for the little people.

ferd berple

Lionell Griffith says:
October 16, 2012 at 7:55 am
I suggest that deep down where it really counts, they know this and actually do want the destruction their ill-conceived actions produce. They do not mean well. Their intentions are not at all good.
Agreed, the high priests of old practiced “human sacrifice” in the name of saving the people they sacrificed. The Inquisition tortured and killed millions in the name of saving their souls.
Today’s Climate Scientists have painted themselves into the role of modern day High Priests. They hold themselves above criticism, labeling anyone that questions them as “deniers”. In the name of saving humanity they are again calling for human sacrifice on a massive scale.
To save the planet, the High Priests of Climate want a dramatic reduction in low cost energy use. However, it is this low cost energy use that makes modern civilization possible. Without this access to low cost energy, it would be impossible to support cities with populations in the millions as are now common across the planet.
These people, those living in large cities, would need to be sacrificed to save them. Same story, different actors.


Nice video news clip here. 3 minutes.
Iron sulfate dumped off B.C. coast in controversial project

lurker, passing through laughing

The fact is that ocean fertilization could in fact have beneficial results by increasing ocean based food yields.As for climate? Who knows.
But more plankton utimately equals more edible fish,a nd this is a good thing.
The impaortant result would in the fish catch.
I think ocean fertilization will be no more dangerous to the oceans than fertilizatin of the lands.
Calling it ‘geo-engineering’ is playing into the grandiose delusions of the AGW community.


Ok so this guy lies to locals so he can secretly dump iron sulphate into the ocean. I don’t buy the idea that it was simply to save the planet, this project smells of money.
I can’t help but wonder; Where did the money originate for his project, who would pay for this?

Just remember: the rules don’t apply to enlightened or friends of the enlightened. The Democrats are always crying about the rich paying their “fair share”, but the Democrats, like every politician, are also rich and always find a way to stay rich. And, by no coincidence, all the politicians give taxpayer money to those who grease their palms. Al Gore, being one of the enlightened, can fly around the world and live in big houses while telling us to conserve for the good of the planet. How many of these climate scientists pushing AGW are paupers? How many live the way they tell us we must live to save the planet?

What would be ironic is if all the salmon in the area ate up the iron dust and became healthier and robust beyond belief, due to a previously undetected iron deficiency.


ferd berple says:
“Here on the west coats of BC we have “Tides”, a front for US interests manipulating the political system to made BC into the next California. … Folks in the US, please wake up. Your make no friends by pissing in your neighbor’s pool.”
Please Fred, do not mistake the Peoples’ Republic of Californication with the rest of the US. We in the US have enough problems trying to keep the Californicators from making every nearby state into another California after they flee the mess thay have made.


Amazing. At my plant if we release more than 1 PPM of iron in our effluent water we are in violation of our permit and then there is hell to pay. And then this clown goes out and dumps all of this iron in the ocean, Jeez….


“The Pacific Ocean, just off Canada’s west coast”
That’s interesting. Must be some newly discovered body of water separating the ocean from the coast.

Alberta Slim

And David Suzuki, Hansen-et-al have the audacity to say that WE should be charged with crimes against humanity.

Louis Hooffstetter

It’s unfortunate that “There are very clear international agreements that there is (to be) no ocean fertilization,”. While the intent behind these agreements may be good, (pollution prevention), in the long run, this is a blatantly stupid policy. Imagine what the planet would be like today if there were international agreements that banned the fertilization of soil.
Fertilizing the oceans is an idea that needs to be explored, albeit very carefully. We’ll never learn to stimulate the oceans without careful experimentation. I’d much rather see grant money spent on carefully controlled ocean fertilization experiments than squandered on… (fill in this blank with your favorite pet peeve).


Coming up next: environmentalists that proactively start depopulating their country.
Nobel Peace Price material.

Well, you an count on one thing. The federal govt here in .ca will nail him to the wall and fine him into oblivion. No fanfare. No trumpets blaring like certain administrations I won’t name here. Just quietly pound that polluting bastard into dust.

I wonder how that alters the opacity of the water and what effect that will have on sea surface temperatures.

View from the Solent

I’m curious. What was the eqivalent illustration of chlorophyll incidence in, say, July – before the area was seeded? Anyone know?

Barbara Skolaut

“Coming up next: environmentalists that proactively start depopulating their country.”
As long as they START with themselves . . . .

Applying the same level of myoptic, single parameter, faux science used in AGW can only result in disaster from unintended consequences….or maybe fully intended. The Mellon owned Aluminum Corp of America need to dispose of carcinoganic Fluoride by-product. They funded Dr H Trendley Dean, DDS for a study, then altered the data, created the ADA and began forcing fluoridation in 1931. Taxpayer and water rate payers now pay for pollution to be added to our water.
Suspect all agenda driven faux science.

This story has the same aroma as the reports of PETA performing mass euthanasia on animals.


I wonder how this “moratorium” on ocean fertilisation was enacted? Never heard about it before today. Watermelons, I’ll bet. They don’t want higher ocean fish yields.

G. Karst

Let us hope he (and his backers) will be held financially accountable for ALL possible effects and phenomenon which occur in this area. Btw: shouldn’t a spill clean-up order be immediately issued and enforced. It might, create a re-think, on others… so disposed. GK


Juice says:
October 16, 2012 at 7:42 am

“How much CO2 was released in mining that iron? […] Anyway, it all seems so pointless and even potentially harmful. “

It is the way of the warmist. They always create the opposite of what they wanted. Wind power in Europe saves at most 1% of the fuel needed to produce as much power as the wind turbines have in name plate capacity. BUT building wind turbines creates demand for steel, concrete, heavy duty trucks and cranes, wind turbines, electronics, transmission lines AND more fossil fuel power plants.
It’s like Keynesianism on crystal meth.
Guess which of my companies rose by up to 4% today…

ann r

It’s my understanding, Fred, that Tides is a front foundation for George Soros, hardly [an] American.


Follow the money!
The intention is for the plankton to absorb carbon dioxide and then sink to the ocean bed – a geoengineering technique known as ocean fertilisation that he (Russ George) hopes will net lucrative carbon credits.
According to the Guardian, Russ George runs Planktos
Read “Our Commitment”
Russ George
Company Overview of Planktos Corp


A serious question, did I miss where they named the treaties and laid out the relevant paragraphs that apply? He claims that the treaties do not apply but I don’t even see where an outside observer would even know what they were. Furthermore, you’d think that it would be mentioned that Canada is a party to the treaties if they were.
Do they really call this journalism these days?


ann r says:
October 16, 2012 at 11:21 am
“It’s my understanding, Fred, that Tides is a front foundation for George Soros, hardly and American.”
Tides is a money launderer; anyone can donate to Tides and earmark to which organisation the money shall be sent; leaving the actual donor untraceable.


Well, there is a million dollars that the Haida Gwaii will never see again. Do not forget that they are located in a remote area, and can ill afford to lose that money.


In many ways what this businessman has done is similar to what many climate scientists are doing. One breaks the rules for the greater good. The others manipulate, adjust past temperatures without justification, distort and lie for the greater good. It’s called the Messiah Syndrome.

Dr. Dave

Am I the only one to weep for all the SUVs that could have been produced by all that iron?

Good heavens! Is the OCEAN ANEMIC? FeSO4 is commonly the form of the “iron supplements” that people eat. (Just make sure you have some FOOD in your stomach so you don’t burn it through…

There is a great resource of information on U.S. Interests supporting Canadian “environmental” activists here:
“According to my preliminary calculations, since 2000 USA foundations have poured $300 million into the environmental movement in Canada”


Russell Cook (@questionAGW) says:
October 16, 2012 at 8:43 am
“What would be ironic is if all the salmon in the area ate up the iron dust and became healthier and robust beyond belief, due to a previously undetected iron deficiency.”
And easy to catch. Instead of a baited hook or some fancy-schmancy lure, just tie a magnet on the end of your line. Let’s all go fishing!
P.S. I predict a new world record weight salmon will be caught soon. All that iron, don’tcha know.

If you’re an ‘Environmentalist” , you can just dump your rubbish anywhere and get away with it without penalty. It’s all about their Holy Mission of saving the Planet by destroying the Planet.
They could have done something really useful with all that Iron Oxide by recycling it instead!

ferd berple says:
October 16, 2012 at 8:15 am
Agreed, the high priests of old practiced “human sacrifice” in the name of saving the people they sacrificed. The Inquisition tortured and killed millions in the name of saving their souls.

The inquisition tortured and killed millions? Millions? Really? Hyperbole needs to be left out of these discussions. When you get something that basic wrong, it brings into question everything that follows.


My worry for geo-engineering solutions such as this one is that the people who back them fail to fully analyse what some of the feedback mechanisms could be. Some of the dangers of ocean Fe-fertilising is that the fertilisation is changing the natural environment in which the local biology thrives.
Increasing levels of Fe could lead to an increase in the phytoplankton size, therefore changing the natural food web structure in the area. It may also lead to blooms of toxic phytoplankton and, perhaps the formation of an oxygen deficient area because of the subsequent increased decomposition.
Surely the risks of messing with the ocean biome and the natural food web are not worth it?


The er, irony is that titanium pigment and zinc producers used to dispose waste iron sulfates at sea for much of the 20thC before ceasing due to environmental pressure and finally to the international London Convention.
Maybe the global warming we’ve seen since the ’80’s is due to them stopping. (only somewhat /sarc)

daveburton says, “One unexpected but most significant consequences of our burning fossil fuels, and adding hundreds of billions of tones of CO2 to the atmosphere, is the diminishment of natural dust in the wind. … By mimicking natural dust deposition we restore and replenish small amounts of the natural iron rich (hematite) dust our human activities have denied the oceans. Iron is a critical micronutrient needed, in incredibly tiny amounts, by phyto-plankton for photosynthesis. The amount of natural wind-borne iron-carrying dust from arid lands has fallen dramatically, 30% over the past 30 years alone. This has resulted in massive declines in plankton biomass that the science community has been able to measure with the benefit of the first earth observatory satellites launched in the 1970s. …”
Is there any truth to that? Have elevated CO2 levels somehow reduced the amount of dust blowing into the oceans, and, if so, how?

nick bonnell

I just heard an interesting piece from CBC’s As it Happens tonight concerning this event. Here is the link to today’s episode…—the-tuesday-edition/
The article is over nine minutes and is titled “Geoengineering Follow.”
Here is the beginning blurb:
“Yesterday on the program, we told you about a controversial geoengineering project off the coast of Haida Gwaii, British Columbia. A hundred tonnes of iron sulfate were dumped into the Pacific, creating an plankton bloom that might — in theory — absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and attract salmon and other marine life to the area.
Critics allege the project contravenes international moratoria on dumping and geoengineering to which Canada is a signatory. But the development corporation behind the project, which is funded by a village on Haida Gwaii, says the benefits are already apparent.
John Disney is the president of the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation and the economic development officer for the Old Massett Village Council. We reached him in Old Massett, BC.”
Not sure about the complete accuracy of both articles and it seems there is more nuance than what has been reported.


People who consider blowing up children morally acceptable (the infamous 10-10 video) will have no problem with polluting the oceans or doing anything else their self-will desires. They judge themselves by their intentions, not their actions and outcomes. This should not be a surprise.