and Luis Vega of the University of Hawaii:
- In the 1930's, English biologist Joseph Hart suggested that ocean deserts can be made productive with the addition of iron
- American scientist John Martin (right) in the 80's reported that iron micronutrients could mitigate global warming, and his colleagues in the 90's conducted ocean experiments
- One percent of the ocean where natural upwelling occurs produces 50% of fishery catches
- In 1991 the Mount Pinatubo eruption deposited 40,000 tons of iron dust into the ocean: there was a measurable decline in atmospheric carbon dioxide
- Last year, Russ George, former chief executive of Planktos Inc., orchestrated the dumping of 100 tons of iron sulphate into the Pacific Ocean close to the west coast of Canada: 10,000 square kilometers of artificial plankton bloom were spawned.
So what can you do? Communicate with Professor Ikegami:
While this should not dissuade you from taking action, my experience with the United Nations and the attitude of the USA is that nothing much ever happens that means anything. I attended too many meetings of the Law of the Sea Treaty a third of a century ago. The U.S. Senate has not yet ratified that treaty.
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke today surprised the financial community by deciding not to taper quantitative easing. Of course, if you're a normal citizen, you don't know what this is. So click on it! As a result, the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit an ALL-TIME HIGH, jumping 200 points in the final two hours, closing at 15,677. NASDAQ ended at a 13-year high. Gold jumped $56/ounce. By the way, in case you missed it, Janet Yellen (right) is now expected to replace Bernanke in January.