Monday, July 21, 2008


Via PhysOrg: "A dash of lime -- a new twist that may cut CO2 levels back to pre-industrial levels."

Here's an interesting piece of applied science: sowing the seas with lime (the mineral, not the fruit) to create conditions that are effectively "carbon negative" (i.e., the seas will soak up CO2). What's more interesting is the "open source" nature of the investigation.

From Cquestrate:
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By using an open source approach no-one can restrict anyone else from developing this process.

Open source has been successfully used to develop Wikipedia and software such as Linux. As far as we are aware this is the first time it has been used to try to tackle an issue such as climate change.

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I've already made a comment in the section, but I think it is a very laudable attempt at looking at multiple aspects of a minor geoengineering option to reverse global warming.

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