Aside from the fact that we have failed to predict accurately the amount of CO2 the oceans can absorb at their present state it seems like bad idea to start messing the the pH of an Eco-system that covers 3/4 of the globe.
The effect would not be limited to the ability of aqueous components of the oceans increasing Calcium carbonate in water increases the growth and photosynthesis of plants. Increased organic matter produces more oxygen and traps more carbon. More oxygen, more organic plant life brings about more animal life. At least this has been shown in lakes so a similar effect could be expected in the ocean
Theirs a biological solution with the same effect. There are large areas of the ocean with the complete organic nutrient profile with the exception of a ferrous component.
It's been suggested that dumping a truck load of iron would cause a massive algal bloom trapping carbon and then sinking to the bottom of the ocean and becoming sedimentary rock. While continual iron supplementation would eventually lead to development of an ecosystem
Algal blooms however are more often than not, deadly to ecosystems. I should know, lol, I had pet goldfish in an outdoor pond. One day, someone left the tarp covering off and it got full sunlight, in a span of hours, the whole pool was covered with green scum and the fish we're gasping for oxygen. They all died.
John43620If carbon dioxide were that big of a deal we would use force to stop the deforestation of the Amazon and other countries that over cut their lands of forests.
OMG... force?! John, your republican side is showing again.
The device appeared to work but then they realized that they didn't have any plan what to do with the CO2 that the 'tree' builds up. They suggested that countries could follow Norway's lead and start building pipes to pump the extracted CO2 underground.
Sounds fascinating. For some reason it reminds me of Mars, which has a predominantly CO2 atmosphere but has rich deposits of oxygen trapped in the rocks (I think).
fastprofThese schemes assume that we do nothing to lower those emissions. It's a little like someone in a car with his foot on the gas pedal, trying to slow it by putting the emergency brake on, but leaving his gas on the pedal. Meanwhile, he's shouting, "...I am doing all I can to stop the car..."
Yeah. I guess. Still these measures can buy time while the global economy shifts from its fossil fuel dependence to cleaner sources of energy. We ARE shifting from fossil fuels after all. In less than a decade, I think fossil-fueled cars would be history... I hope.