Watery Grave by Karen Wright

Discover Magazine October 2003, 24 (10):  52-55.

Vocabulary to know:

natural sink

food web

detritus

global warming

phytoplankton

zooplankton

enzymes

plankton ‘bloom’

photosynthesis

‘fixing’ carbon

sequestration

fertilization

afforestation

 

When you have finished reading this article and attended the lecture/discussions, you should be able to:

  1. be familiar with the definition, spelling, pronunciation, and use of the above vocabulary terms.
  2. explain the concept of global climate change, a.k.a. global warming, a.k.a. ‘the greenhouse effect’.
  3. explain why global warming is not the same as depletion of the ozone layer.
  4. evaluate and critique afforestation and ocean fertilization with iron as methods to reduce the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide.
  5. offer a better solution to the problem of global warming.
  6. answer the question, "Does a tree suck up enough carbon dioxide to offset the emissions from an average car?"