Dumping iron dust into the ocean is meant to benefit the ocean by stimulating the growth of microscopic marine plants. This would, in turn, take in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to fuel photosynthesis, thus reducing the CO2 in the atmosphere.
The opposition of this idea warn that manipulating the specie composition in the ocean can have harmful effects on the sensitive food chain relationships.
People who object to iron dumping believe that there are much safer and proven ways of preventing or lowering carbon dioxide levels, and that it shows disregard for marine life and the lives of people who rely on the sea. Scientists argue that dumping iron into the ocean (as Planktos Inc. plans to do) could result in a shift in the composition of species that make up the plankton, which is the base of the marine food chain.
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