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There is a serious possibility of destruction of our Oceans, they provide a huge part of our food supply and are key to many parts of our climate.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/21/us-climate-cost-oceans-idUSBRE82K01720120321
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+Eric Schmidt so why not support carbon neutral fuel and perminant carbon sequestration and reforestation with structural plastic lumber from aquatic carbonic acid? The Navy just admitted they can produce fuel for under a dollar per gallon (100 MW = 41,000 gallons/day on page 28 of ceramics.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/mcare12-rath.pdf given the prices listed on bloomberg.com/energy). This is absolutely not some radical proposal, it's been on the drawing board for decades at nuclear plants (aaenvironment.com/CECE/SynthesisofHydrocarbonFuels.pdf) but it's absurdly economical now with nighttime wind power prices. (dotyenergy.com/Images/windprice-2010-W.jpg)
 
As my son (then 10) said: "if trees absorb carbon dioxide why don't we just design better trees and plant lots?"
 
If you add over-fishing, garbage pollution, and general ocean damage... it's looking quite sad over all. Our oceans are our lifeline.. regardless of our land borders or nationalities. We all should protect the oceans and the life it holds as if it's the most precious riches our planet has.
 
Our use of fossil fuels and the industrial processes they help fuel cause lots of damage elsewhere too, including things like healthcare and agriculture. When will we decide we need to capture the true costs of our economic activities?
 
Agree. This is a real problem. Thanks for sharing this info!
 
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yes well we have reached the physical capacity to harm our planet but not the mental capacity to govern our actions. hopefully we catch up soon.
 
Please save the oceans by leaving the US Chamber of Commerce. They support Ocean Destruction
 
They should calculate the damage by individual.
 
We might have missed the boat, but we should still stop damaging the ocean further. Its the only ethical thing to do
 
+Eric Schmidt peer reviewed and published less than two months ago: pubs.rsc.org/en/Content/ArticleLanding/2012/EE/c2ee03393c "An efficient method for extracting the dissolved CO2 in the oceans would effectively enable the separation of CO2 from the atmosphere without the need to process large volumes of air, and could provide a key step in the synthesis of renewable, carbon-neutral liquid fuels. While the extraction of CO2 from seawater has been previously demonstrated, many challenges remain, including slow extraction rates and poor CO2 selectivity, among others. Here we describe a novel solution to these challenges – efficient CO2 extraction from seawater using bipolar membrane electrodialysis (BPMED). We characterize the performance of a custom designed and built CO2-from-seawater prototype, demonstrating the ability to extract 59% of the total dissolved inorganic carbon from seawater as CO2 gas with an electrochemical energy consumption of 242 kJ mol−1(CO2)."
 
+James Salsman what a great find! These new technologies give me hope for developing a solution to our sustainability challenges.
 
+Michelle Ma What? Africa went through one of their worst famine's last summer and the US is facing one of our worst droughts. We WILL run out of food very soon.

The World is not ending though.  Things are just adding up and we have to do something about it!
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