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19 Mar 2018

German government to ease regulation for marine geoengineering research - report

Spiegel Online

The German government plans to ease regulations for marine geoengineering research, which could be used to bind carbon dioxide emissions by injecting certain substances into the world’s oceans that boost algae growth, Christoph Seidler writes on Spiegel Online. “Geoengineering is highly controversial – but some researchers believe that global warming could go completely out of control without it,” Seidler writes. Florina Pronold, parliamentarian state secretary in the environment ministry, says “there’s still a lot of research required on the effects, consequences and risks of marine geoengineering”, which is why the government is preparing to facilitate scientific work on the subject. Green climate politician Lisa Badum has criticised the government’s position, however, saying the risks associated with large-scale experiments to influence global warming are “completely uncontrollable”.

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