|Code Of Conduct For Ocean Fertilization Proposed By Climos
SAN FRANCISCO, California (October 8, 2007) -- Climos, a climate
company dedicated to leveraging natural processes to remove carbon from
the atmosphere, calls upon the scientific and commercial communities to
establish standards for all future ocean fertilization experiments and
"Recent evidence supports ocean fertilization as a viable component
in the global effort to reduce atmospheric greenhouse gasses," said Dr.
Margaret Leinen, Climos Chief Science Officer. "Clearly, a market has
emerged that can fund carbon mitigation activity. However, important
questions of effectiveness, environmental impact and corporate conduct
in all ocean fertilization projects need to be addressed as these
projects move forward."
As a first step in the process of establishing global standards for
all ocean fertilization efforts, Climos proposed a draft "Code of
Conduct" at the recent Ocean Iron Fertilization Symposium held by the
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts. Details of the
Climos draft can be found online here: www.climos.com/standards.
Dan Whaley, Climos Chief Executive Officer, said, "Ocean iron
fertilization presumes a large-scale carbon reduction that is in
harmony with nature. To show this we must demonstrate that any claimed
carbon reductions are real, measurable and long-term, environmental
concerns are answered, and that companies engaging in this activity
hold themselves to the highest standards of transparency and
accountability. We are committed to establishing high standards for
this potentially important tool. This first draft of a code of conduct
is an important step in that direction."
Climos is a company dedicated to removing carbon from the
atmosphere. Founded in California's Silicon Valley by entrepreneurs Dan
Whaley and Richard Whilden, Climos scientific research is overseen by
Dr. Margaret Leinen, former Assistant Director of Geosciences at the
National Science Foundation (NSF). Climos is guided by a Scientific
Advisory Board that includes some of the world's experts in ocean,
earth and climate science.