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100 Tons of Iron Dust Dumped into Ocean for Environmental “Experiment”
By Angela Messina, October 20, 2012 @ 02:09 PM (EST)
Source: The New York Times

This past July, California businessman Russ George chartered a fishing boat and dumped 100 tons of iron dust into the Pacific ocean off the coast of western Canada all for the sake of an unscientific and non-government sanctioned experiment on climate change.

George’s experiment is just now coming to light and scientists, government officials, and other experts are outraged at his actions. Canada’s environment ministry is now conducting an investigation into the matter, and a spokesman from the ministry claims that George was previously warned that his actions would violate international agreements.

Iron fertilization and geoengineering are controversial subjects among the scientific community because they involve intentional manipulation of the environment in order to counter the effects of climate change. George’s experiment, conducted with seemingly no scientific oversight, has many scientists concerned that it will reflect badly on legitimate geoengineering experiments.

George, however, claims that it was a “state-of-the-art study” that has led to a “golden mountain” of data collected by his team.

Read more in the New York Times article.



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