Plan to Geoengineer Oceans for C02 Absorption Backfires

GreenTracker| As climate researchers grapple with the big questions of what to do about climate change, researchers at the Leibniz Institute of Marine Science have rejected the assumptions around a grandiose proposal that we capture CO2 in the oceans.

Details are in the article. What impresses us is that researchers employed a holistic modeling system, rather than a linear set of mathematical assumptions. Studying the assumptions in a ‘big picture’ model, scientists concluded that not only did the idea of capturing the CO2 in oceans not work from an efficacy standpoint — capturing only 10% of the ‘problem’ CO2 — but two new problems arose.

1) The trapped CO2 didn’t reside in the oceans, but on land, where the temperature also cooled in an unanticipated way.

2) If the system had to shut down for any reason, the CO2 released back into the atmosphere was worse than ever. It multiplied.

To date, climate change science has been presented to the public in bullet points and claims that the problem is ‘self-evident’. We say that reingineering Nature is enormously complex and to date, we lack confidence that the architects of these projects have actually ‘done the math’ so do speak.

If we believe that engineering humans is complex, Nature may be even more incongruous. Read on Liebniz Institute Rejects Geoengineering Oceans Scheme