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Planting trees...

Oh, how cute.  It just doesn't help.  To capture CO2, you must also be willing to cut them down and cover them with enough dirt to prevent them from rotting.

Planting new forests captures CO2. Many trees grow for up to a century during which they will capture and store CO2. This is roughly the same as the atmospheric lifetime of CO2. As long as the forest doesn't burn or isn't cut down, the sink remains (though after 100 years little to nothing is added).

I did say that all geoengineering options are transitional. Planting trees on the scale of, like, half the Sahara will have a big effect (and might have some questionable ecological consequences).

On seeding the seas: I think that algae have a very important role in the self-regulation of our planet that we don't fully understand yet. For that reason, I think that tinkering with algae on a large scale is more dangerous than an option that has a natural experiment as a precedent which indicates that it will not have catastrophic side-effects. Otherwise, I think that it might lead to mass extinctions among other sea life through eutrophication.

Iron dust is definitely considered, see here and here, and here.  

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Sat Oct 14th, 2006 at 11:08:08 PM EST
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