Saturday, October 20, 2012

Haida Experiment Appears to Violate CBD and LC/LP

An initial examination of the available evidence indicates that the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation (HSRC) ocean fertilization experiment conducted off the coast of British Columbia last July did constitute violations of both the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the London Convention/London Protocol (LC/LP) on ocean dumping.  Specifically, CBD Decision IX/16 explicitly prohibits research "used for generating and selling carbon offsets or any other commercial purposes."  Likewise, Resolution LC/LP.1 (2008) prohibits research that has not "been assessed and found acceptable under the assessment framework," a formal evaluation mechanism that must be used by member governments to determine the legitimacy of any proposed experiment.  Neither HSRC nor Russ George has disputed allegations that the Haida experiment was intended to generate and sell offset credits, nor have they provided any evidence that their scheme was approved by the Canadian government under the LC/LP Assessment Framework.  Given this, it is incumbent upon all supporters of geoengineering research to disavow and condemn the work of HSRC and Russ George, and indeed this has been the constant refrain from leading researchers since the story first broke.

Note: Text was updated on 10/24 to clarify responsible parties under Resolution LC/LP.1 (2008).

1 comment:

  1. The UNFCCC calls on all signatory nations to aim to act aimed at achieving "stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system…. ... within a time frame sufficient to allow ecosystems to adapt naturally toclimate change", which none of them did.

    Even the US signed and its Senate ratified the 1992 UNFCCC.

    One might ask, why all the concern about possible violation of the CBD and/or the LC/LP by scofflaws such as everyone on the planet, who all blithely did so little since 1992 to live up to the intent of the most important convention on climate signed to date?