19 May '11, 5pm

Hauling Icebergs From the Poles to Slake Globe's Growing Thirst

Every year, tens of thousands of icebergs containing billions of gallons of fresh water calve off the glaciers of Greenland and Antarctica into the ocean, where most eventually drift into warmer waters break up and melt. Wouldn’t it be nice to haul a few icebergs to someplace short on water — southern Spain, perhaps, or western Australia — and melt them for drinking water? It’s a seemingly outlandish idea that’s been around for decades and has never been successfully realized. But a small group of scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs believe it can be done economically and are doggedly pursuing government and private sector support for a test effort in the North Atlantic. Their plan is to use tugboats to haul a large iceberg off Newfoundland to the arid Canary Islands, near the Moroccan coast. “I think it’s a valid concept,” said Peter Wadhams, a professor of ocean phys...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/19/hauling-iceberg...

Tweets

Hauling Icebergs From the Poles to Slake Globe'...

green.blogs.nytimes.com 19 May '11, 5pm

Hauling Icebergs From the Poles to Slake Globe’s Growing Thirst By JOHN COLLINS RUDOLF Every year, tens of thousands of ic...