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Why we need a code of conduct for ocean-based carbon dioxide removal

The sea can help us achieve “net negative emissions,” but guidelines are needed to ensure it’s done effectively

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Fishers from the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation/WHOI Shelf Research Fleet prepare to collect data using an instrument that measures temperature and salinity. This work gives rise to WHOI-led study that shows an increase in warm water intrusions along the Mid-Atlantic Bight. (From L to R: Sean Daly, Victor Garcia, Jay Winchenbach) Image credit: Jim Violet
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A recent study co-led by WHOI found that the Azores High has expanded
dramatically in the past century, resulting from a warming climate due to a
rise in anthropogenic greenhouse gas concentrations. Researchers associated
with the study collect data inside the Buraca Gloriosa cave in western
Portugal, a site of the stalagmite hydroclimate proxy record. Image credit:
Diana Thatcher/ © Iowa State University
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Peter de Menocal (left), President and Director, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and Miguel Miranda, President of  Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera (IPMA) sign a memorandum of understanding establishing areas of mutual cooperation.  The signing took place in Lisbon, Portugal, where WHOI and IPMA are attending the UN Ocean Conference. © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Northern shortfin squid (Illex illecebrosus) actively feeding on a large swarm of crustaceans during dive 3 of the Deep Connections 2019 expedition. (Image courtesy of NOAA)
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Female and male kelp gametophytes, which are the microscopic sexual stage in the life cycle of macroalgae. These gametophytes are part of a recently developed kelp germplasm containing more than 1,200 unique individuals developed and isolated by WHOI and UConn-led teams. Image credit: Yarish Lab, UConn
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MIT-WHOI Joint Program student Henry Holm pumping seawater for lipid samples from beneath sea ice on the Western Antarctic Peninsula, 2018. This is for a WHOI-led study that conducted a global survey of lipids in the ocean in order to analyze omega-3 fatty acids. Image credit: Benjamin Van Mooy / © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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Perkins School for the Blind tours WHOI with Amy Bower (Photo by Dante Borgese, © WHOI)
(Image courtesy of Deb Ehrens.)
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