Every few decades the Germans feel an overwhelming urge to do something stupid that screws with the rest of the world, and maybe it’s that time of the century. From the “This might not end well” file, we find this:
Germany dropped its opposition Monday to a controversial experiment to dump iron sulphate in the South Atlantic to see if it can absorb greenhouse gases and possibly help to halt global warming.
Scientists on board the Polarstern research vessel hope the release of iron will cause an exponential growth in phytoplankton, which will then absorb more carbon dioxide — the main greenhouse gas — through photosynthesis.
But opponents of the plan fear the consequences could be catastrophic. They are concerned it could cause the sea to become more acidic or trigger algal blooms that would strip swathes of the ocean of oxygen.
You can read more about the experiment here.
If the Germans are so anxious to study iron in the Atlantic ocean, why don’t they just examine the carbon dioxide levels in the water around all their old sunken U-Boats? That should keep ‘em busy for a while. Even the Unicode symbol for iron sulphate sounds like a U-Boat number: U+26A8
The “experiment” that Germany just OK’d highlights a major concern over reactionary response that global warming panic can bring about: There’s a good possibility that the response to this panic (induced by “environmentalists” with vested financial interests ::cough::AlGore::cough::) will actually cause catastrophes worse than a problem that may not exist — like giving chemotherapy to somebody who hasn’t been proven to have cancer.
I’m off now to try and find out what percentage of the iron sulphate company is owned by Al Gore.