Regulating Ocean CDR Research

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The Canadian company Planetary is currently seeking regulatory approval to release Magnesium Hydroxide into the ocean off the coast of Cornwall, England. Another ocean CDR firm, Running Tide, announced last week that they are partnering with global consulting giant Deloitte to evaluate the quality of their carbon credits. Last month, a research team at MIT received news coverage for their ocean carbon capture technique which they say is a breakthrough that is more effective than direct air capture.

These recent announcements indicate real and widespread interest in researching techniques that pull CO2 from the ocean. But how is research into these approaches governed? And what important regulatory issues have yet to be resolved, that will have a big impact on the climate?

On this episode, we’ll take a look at the state of ocean CDR research governance with one of the field’s foremost experts, Wil Burns.

Wil talks us through some the main international agreements that govern the seas, and experiments within them. What does existing law mean for plans to test ocean CDR?

The panel also discuss the recent news of a geoengineering experiment in England that was leaked to the press.

Holly Jean Buck is also back with us as part of our regular policy panel.

On This Episode

Holly Jean Buck

Wil Burns

Radhika Moolgavkar


Planetary Experiment

Planetary Project website

Running Tide + Deloitte

Coverage of MIT Ocean Capture announcement

2022 London Protocol Announcement on Geoengineering

UN Treaty on Ocean Biodiversity

Law of the Sea Convention

Project Vesta Beach in Southhampton, NY

Holly’s Research on What Farmers Think of Carbon Sequestration in Soils

Haida Salmon Music Video- “40 Million Salmon Can’t Be Wrong”

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