News from around the planet:
A calculated risk? Scientists are getting into a bit of an argument over an experiment that will change the composition of oceans. Researchers plan to add about 20 tonnes of iron sulphate to a 186-square-mile area of ocean, which should result in an explosion of plankton numbers, which will consequently take up carbon dioxide from the air.
But, according to The Independent, other scientists are worried the experiment could have “devastating unintended effects on the oceans, including killing off large areas of sea, and releasing methane and nitrous oxide, which are even more potent causes of global warming.”
Drugging India’s water. Water outside Indian pharmaceutical manufacturing plants has been found to contain high levels of antibiotics, according to AP, with 21 different active pharmaceutical ingredients found in water in the town of Patancheru, home to 90 Indian drug companies.
Expect 1000 years of climate impact. Even if the world can put a stop to high carbon emissions now, we will still be seeing the effects of current levels for the next 1000 years, says MSNBC.
The peer-reviewed study concludes that if CO2 is allowed to peak at 450-600 parts per million, the results would include persistent decreases in dry-season rainfall that are comparable to the 1930s U.S. Dust Bowl in zones including the U.S. southwest, southern Europe, Africa, eastern South America and western Australia.
Australian biofuels causing environmental destruction. Australian importing of millions of tonnes of biodiesel made from palm oil is hurting tropical rain forests in Indonesia and Malaysia. Bulldozing rain forests for plantations is threatening animals like orangutans and the ridiculously adorable clouded leopard (above).