The converted trawler was last spied crawling towards High Barbaree after being run out of port in La Palma. Apart from the harbormaster not liking the cut of her jib, his Spanish Majesty's securities and exchange inquisition took unkindly to Planktos' abortive scheme to bilk the pious out of $700,000 towards buying
.. a climate indulgence for the Pope?
'The New Vatican Climate Forest Initiative to Fully Green the Holy See'
Though there is business in great waters, Weather Bird II may be bound for an iron shore. Writing in the International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law. Kristina Gjerde, high seas policy advisor to the World Conservation Union contends :
"Current proposals to combat climate change by stimulating phytoplankton or algal blooms in the ocean may violate fundamental principles of international law...Adding nutrients, such as iron or nitrogen... should not be considered as a potential solution to climate change.
We first need regulations...Difficulties in actually proving or verifying carbon dioxide sequestration... make the current informal and unregulated market for carbon offsets vulnerable.
One company is already offering carbon offsets to the public on its website to support its work...international law and common sense should not be the first victims...The con...needs to be stringently scrutinised through independent peer-reviewed science, not left in the hands of entrepreneurs...we need to be able to regulate any... benefits... governments should apply similarly rigorous standards to all proposed "geo-engineering" solutions.