Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Climate change expert advocates for seaweed farms to mitigate global warming
Last updated 09:04, August 30 2017
Seaweed farms could be a highly effective way to combat climate change, an expert says.
Acclaimed Australian scientist and author Tim Flannery spoke at The Inconvenient Conference held in Auckland on Tuesday and hosted by the Sustainable Business Network.
Flannery was Australia’s chief climate commissioner in 2011 and founded the Australian Climate Council in 2013. He also chaired the Copenhagen Climate Council in 2007.
He said seaweed’s role in protecting waterways and helping tackle climate change could not be overstated.
Tim Flannery was Australia’s climate commissioner when he infamously predicted that “even the rain which falls won’t fill Australia’s dams”. In response to concern about rainfall, Australian governments initiated a series of useless, disastrously expensive desalination plant programmes.
Some more about Tim Flannery’s dud rainfall predictions here.
I would like to believe politicians have learned their lesson about wasting public money chasing Flannery’s wild climate fantasies, but there is something which resonates about the climate seaweed boondoggle, a magical combination of climate idealism and utter uselessness which I think will appeal to green leaning politicians.