Climate Change: Could phytoplankton save Earth?

Discussion in 'Plants: Conservation' started by togata57, Aug 16, 2022.

  1. togata57

    togata57 Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    An idea whose time has come.

    There is 50 times more carbon in the ocean than the atmosphere. Some climate researchers believe if we could just slightly increase the amount of carbon the ocean can absorb from the atmosphere, we could avoid some of the worst effects of climate change.

    The ocean covers roughly 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, and it absorbs carbon dioxide naturally—effectively dissolving it. Phytoplankton in the ocean use this carbon dioxide and sunlight to run photosynthesis just like land-based plants. Oxygen is produced by this process—phytoplankton are actually responsible for about 50 percent of the oxygen in our atmosphere.

    The Mad Plan to Save Earth by Flooding It With Phytoplankton

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