Should we Inject Carbon Dioxide into the Deep Ocean?

Friday, February 12, 2010   
 Should we Inject Carbon Dioxide into the Deep Ocean
One proposed strategy to offset rising levels of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere is to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil-fuel-burning power plants and pump them into the ocean depths. Under the pressure of the deep sea, the CO2 would remain sequestered, proponents say—out of the atmosphere, out of sight, and out of mind. But some tiny but critical denizens of the seafloor might be out of luck. In experiments they conducted on the seafloor of Monterey Bay off California (MBARI), they found that some organisms survived exposure to high concentrations of CO2, but others were killed. The researchers published their results in the November 2009 issue of the journal Global Change Biology. An article in Powerboat World.


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