Could Deacidifying Oceans Slow Down Global Warming?

By: Meteorologist Ray Hawthorne Email
By: Meteorologist Ray Hawthorne Email

Even though the debate on the causes of man-made global warming is not over, Harvard geoscientists have an idea on how to slow it down.

The researchers want to suck out naturally-occurring acid from the oceans by putting treatment plants near coastlines. They say the less acidic the oceans are, the more they can absorb carbon, which some climate researchers say is partially responsible for global warming. This technique may have some negative side effects since the scientists say 100 facilities similar to large sewage treatment plants would be necessary to complete the project.

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  • by Sheila Location: Tallahassee on Nov 17, 2007 at 11:18 AM
    The key words here are "naturally-occuring", why try to undo what nature deems fit to do. Wouldn't this affect the fish population?
  • by Jim Location: Tallahassee on Nov 13, 2007 at 10:39 PM
    Looks like some people have no idea how much acid would have to neutralized to make a dent in the acidity of the worlds oceans; they need to go back and take high school chemistry!
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