Climoshttp://www.climos.com/ en-us Copyright 2008 climos.com webmasters@climos.com Make your climate pollution free The Climosimages/logo.jpghttp://www.climos.com/8831 ISIS Consortium Launcheshttp://www.climos.com/climosnew/note_detail.php?pid=180<p class=\"MsoNormal\" style=\"mso-pagination: none; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;\"><span style=\"font-size: 11.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family: Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family: Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;\">Today, a new research group has been announced that will focus on furthering our understanding of the efficacy and impacts of ocean iron fertilization (OIF).</span> <p class=\"MsoNormal\" style=\"mso-pagination: none; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;\"><span style=\"font-size: 11.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family: Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family: Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;\">An initial group of twelve universities and research centers from around the world have come together to found the <strong>ISIS (<em>in situ</em> iron studies) Consortium</strong>.<span style=\"mso-spacerun: yes;\">&nbsp; </span>Its mission is to explore the potential impact of iron fertilization of the oceans for reducing the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the Earth&rsquo;s atmosphere and to understand the environmental impacts of the technique.<span style=\"mso-spacerun: yes;\">&nbsp; </span><span style=\"mso-spacerun: yes;\">&nbsp;</span>The caliber and diversity of scientists and institutions involved represents a substantial leap in breadth and capability of research on this topic. The consortium website, available at </span><span style=\"font-size: 11.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family: Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family: Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;\"><a href=\"http://isisconsortium.org/\"><span style=\"mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; color: #1d44a2;\">http://isisconsortium.org/</span></a></span><span style=\"font-size: 11.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family: Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family: Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;\">, describes the planned activities and members of ISIS.&nbsp;</span> <p class=\"MsoNormal\" style=\"mso-pagination: none; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;\"><span style=\"font-size: 11.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family: Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family: Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;\">I have been an early team member involved in the concept and implementation of the consortium and am pleased to announce that I will shift my efforts to bring forward a next generation of OIF experiments completely under this new group.&nbsp; I will do so as a private citizen with no expected commercial benefit.</span> <p class=\"MsoNormal\" style=\"mso-pagination: none; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;\"><span style=\"font-size: 11.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family: Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family: Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;\">&nbsp;</span> <p class=\"MsoNormal\" style=\"mso-pagination: none; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;\"><span style=\"font-size: 11.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family: Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family: Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;\">I believe that the signs global change may be accelerating (record yearly average temperatures, melting of icecaps and glaciers, insufficient winter die-off of pests like the pine bark beetle, ocean acidification, extreme flooding and wildfires, etc) provide a strong rationale to scale up our efforts to explore the potential benefits and repercussions of Ocean Iron Fertilization (OIF) as well as other carbon and solar-based climate engineering techniques.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;Given the failure of governments to maintain economic signals that can support market-based solutions, non-commercial efforts like the ISIS Consortium may be our only chance to deliver the answers we need.&nbsp;</span><span style=\"font-size: 11.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family: Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family: Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;\">It is my hope that it serves as a model for others pursuing technologies like this to emulate.</span> <p class=\"MsoNormal\" style=\"mso-pagination: none; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;\"><span style=\"font-size: 11.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family: Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family: Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;\">Clearly no single climate engineering approach known today could address all the impacts of climate change&mdash;just as no single effort to mitigate carbon emissions can have a majority role by itself.&nbsp; If ever deployed, climate engineering techniques <a name=\"_GoBack\"></a>must be part of a comprehensive and aggressive global effort to limit and eventually eliminate carbon emissions.</span> <p class=\"MsoNormal\" style=\"mso-pagination: none; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;\"><span style=\"font-size: 11.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family: Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family: Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;\">&nbsp;</span> <p class=\"MsoNormal\" style=\"mso-pagination: none; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;\"><span style=\"font-size: 11.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family: Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family: Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;\">I am proud of the role that the team at Climos and our various advisors and colleagues played in advancing the dialogue around OIF, and in particular helping to design a global regulatory framework under the London Convention and Protocol.&nbsp; I am excited that we may now be entering the important next phase of this research.&nbsp; Over the next five to ten years we may finally see mature scale studies that give governments the insights they need to make informed decisions.&nbsp; It is my honor to be able to serve this new larger effort.</span> <p class=\"MsoNormal\" style=\"mso-pagination: none; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;\"><span style=\"font-size: 11.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family: Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family: Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;\">As of this date, Climos has ceased regular business activities. Our website will remain active as a record of our activities and the materials we produced.</span> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span style=\"font-size: 11.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family: Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family: Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;\">I would like to personally thank the extraordinary number of people who came together over the last five years in support of us and our mission, and who understood the importance of the fundamental objective we had.<span style=\"mso-spacerun: yes;\">&nbsp; </span></span><span style=\"font-size: 11.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;\"></span> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span style=\"font-size: 11.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;\">Particular recognition is owed our Science Advisory Board, including Rita Colwell, Jody Deming, Bob Gagosian, Tom Lovejoy, Deirdre Meldrum and Ed Miles, who courageously supported our goal of bringing this research forward and whose resolve is now vindicated by this new group.</span> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span style=\"font-size: 11.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;\">Most of all, I&rsquo;d like to thank my colleagues, Dick Whilden, Margaret Leinen, Bill Kohrs, Kevin Whilden, Aileen Corpuz, Sharon Manuel and Ben Grant, who together made it all possible.<span style=\"mso-spacerun: yes;\">&nbsp;</span></span> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span style=\"font-size: 11.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family: Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family: Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;\">Onwards!</span> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"> <p class=\"MsoNormal\" style=\"mso-margin-top-alt: auto;\"><span style=\"font-size: 11.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family: Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family: Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;\">Sincerely,</span> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span style=\"font-size: 11.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family: Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family: Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;\">Dan Whaley</span> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span style=\"font-size: 11.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family: Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family: Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;\">CEO, Climos</span> <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span style=\"font-size: 11.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family: Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family: Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;\">&nbsp;</span> February 22, 2011, 9:01 amKALW interview of Dan Whaley on OIF, on Earth Day, Thursday Apr 22 at 5pmhttp://www.climos.com/climosnew/note_detail.php?pid=179<a href=\"http://kalwnews.org/podcast\">KALW Crosscurrents</a> is doing an interview of me talking about OIF, geoengineering and the recent <a href=\"http://climateresponsefund.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=87&amp;Itemid=91\">Asilomar conference</a> for Earth Day.&nbsp; Kudos to them for being willing to take on a complex issue, particularly on a sacred day for environmentalists.&nbsp; Could we be getting closer to the day that those thinking about climate intervention are actually recognized to be deep environmental thinkers as well.&nbsp; In fact, dare I say, just as concerned (if not more in some cases) about the state of our environment as our peers.&nbsp; The show airs on KALW 91.7FM in San Francisco at 5pm Thursday April 22, and can be accessed afterwards as a podcast <a href=\"http://kalwnews.org/podcast\">here</a>. &nbsp; April 20, 2010, 2:20 pmOcean Ash Fertilizationhttp://www.climos.com/climosnew/note_detail.php?pid=178<a href=\"http://bit.ly/9Qo8U4\">An article looks at the positive benefits of ash</a> to the nutrient cycle in the ocean... There are a few good papers on this, including Frogner, et al 2001 in Geology. <p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\"><em>\"By now, you may know that airborne ash from the volcano that erupted through Iceland\'s Eyjafjallaj&ouml;kull glacier this past Wednesday is like floating Kryptonite for airplanes. The ash clogs engines and threatens aeronautic safety. And in the right concentrations, it can be bad for both people and <a href=\"http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2010/04/ash_poses_more_risk_for_animal.html\">animals</a>&nbsp;when it lands.</em> <p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\"><em>The falling cinders&mdash;a mix of crushed rock, glass and some toxic chemicals&mdash;are considered generally bad for the body. So what happens when this particulate cloud of doom settles on the surface of the ocean? You might picture it creating a floating blanket of poison that would give the people at <a href=\"http://www.oceanconservancy.org/\">Ocean Conservancy</a>&nbsp;cardiacs. But does it?</em> <div class=\"caption alignleft\" style=\"width: 620px; padding-left: 30px;\"><em><img title=\"volcanic_ash1\" src=\"http://www.takepart.com/sites/default/files/uploads/2010/04/volcanic_ash1.jpg\" alt=\"volcanic_ash1\" width=\"620\" height=\"388\" /><br /></em> <p class=\"caption-text\"><em>A plume of volcanic ash rises into the atmosphere from a crater under about 656 feet ice at the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in southern Iceland April 14, 2010. A huge ash cloud from the Icelandic volcano turned the skies of northern Europe into a no-fly zone on Thursday, stranding hundreds of thousands of passengers. Photo: Olafur Eggertsson/Reuters</em></div> <p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\"><em>Well, according to several scientific studies, the ash could actually be&nbsp;<em>good</em>&nbsp;for oceans.</em> April 20, 2010, 1:21 pmUK MPs call for regulation of geoengineeringhttp://www.climos.com/climosnew/note_detail.php?pid=177The <a href=\"http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/443120/regulate_geoengineering_before_its_too_late_say_mps.html\">UK Parliament Science and Technology Committee has recommended</a> that the UN be urged to take up the regulation of solar radiation management. <p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\"><em>Climate manipulation must be regulated at the UN level to avoid countries taking matters into their own hands, says a committee of MPs<br /><br />International rules are necessary to prevent individual countries taking unilateral action to control the earth&rsquo;s climate say MPs.&nbsp; <br /><br />The report by the Science and Technology Committee said small-scale geoengineering testing was already underway and could be necessary if the &lsquo;Plan A&rsquo; of emissions reduction fails.<br /><br />&lsquo;Geoengineering could affect the entire planet and it would be foolish to ignore its potential to minimise or reverse human caused climate change,&rsquo; said Committee Chairman Phil Willis MP.</em> March 18, 2010, 3:53 pm