The Pros And Cons Of Geo Engineering

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Geo-engineering is defined as the artificial modification of the Earth’s climate system. The carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is increasing day-by-day, majority due to human activity. This is having negative effects on the climate and human beings. Researchers have created filtering machines to help reduce carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere. Also, researchers are thinking of artificially enhancing the growth of phytoplankton; which absorb nearly the same rate of carbon dioxide from the ocean and the atmosphere as land plants do. However, others argue that both of these can have severe consequences and possibly cause more harm.
“Washing carbon out of the air” by Klaus Lackner is about machines that could help reduce and possibly
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In Geo-engineering, researchers look ways and many different angles in which they can enhance or alter thing (for example phytoplankton) to benefit the world. The two articles this week are good examples of Geo-engineering. Carbon dioxide concentration is rising in the atmosphere and ocean every day. The first article offers a solution by implementing the use of carbon filtering machines to remove the carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. However, because of the cost and the reduction rate is very little when looked at other factors. The second article offers us another solution by artificially enhancing the growth of phytoplankton, which play a role in carbon dioxide just as land plants do. Researchers and government officials would have to adding nutrients, such as iron, to the oceans for this to be accomplished. However, critics argue that while this may seem greatly beneficial, the lack of knowledge about the consequences it can have worries them. They don’t want the oceans stability to change and can potentially lead to a disturbance in the world’s homeostasis. Personally, from reading for both articles, I would need more information before I would say that we should implement both or either or activities. Both ideas seem great and can greatly reduce the carbon dioxide concentration, however my other concern is that what is other things go wrong. What if it enhancing phytoplankton can potentially lead …show more content…
Ocean acidification caused by the rising carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is affecting the survival abilities of coral. The researchers found that the Porites cylindrical had a reservoir of calcifying fluids will allow them to still grow in low pH conditions. The researchers were able to Porites cylindrical’s natural environment to hopefully help save other types of coral reefs. There is still more research and experiments being done on this, but this was a positive finding. This article interested me because it brings some hope that some corals are still able to survive in low pH conditions. It also brings some hope to this issue of ocean acidification. It is crucial that we find ways like new energy sources to stop the pH of ocean decreasing. It is important because corals are very important for other organisms and are a keep component in marine life stability. This just shows that because of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere organisms that are helpful are dying and being negatively affect, thus affecting the food chain and mainly affecting humans. We should use carbon filtering machines and new sources of energy to help reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. People and organisms

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