Regarding Dan’s post on reengineering the planet, one more shortcoming of the commonly discussed geoengineering solutions (even assuming they work exactly as designed and have none of the unintended consequences Dan, and others, fear) is that they are far from complete, leaving out entirely any remedy for ocean acidification, the “other” greenhouse gas problem. More info on acidification here, accompanying yesterday’s release of “Acid Test” on Planet Green.
New findings from marine researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks show that acidification there is happening fast. This from a report today in Science Daily:
Scientists estimate that the ocean is 25 percent more acidic today than it was 300 years ago. “The increasing acidification of Alaska waters could have a destructive effect on all of our commercial fisheries. This is a problem that we have to think about in terms of the next decade instead of the next century,” said [researcher Jeremy] Mathis.