Pia Winberg morska je ekologinja na Sveučilištu u Wollongongu i već desetljećima proučava morsku travu. Ona vjeruje kako brza stopa rasta morske trave i njezina sposobnost apsorpcije ogromnih količina ugljičnog dioksida može pozitivno utjecati na klimatske promjene, okiseljavanje oceana te promijeniti način na koji obrađujemo zemlju i gospodarimo oceanima. Ukratko, ona vjeruje kako će uzgoj morske trave uvelike doprinijeti sprječavanju klimatskih promjena.

Smatra se da morske alge godišnje odvajaju gotovo 200 milijuna tona CO2, a zanimljivo je kako države New Yorka tu istu količinu godišnje emitiraju. Divivska alga koja je rasprostanjena na obalama Tasmanije ima veliki potencijal za “potapanje” ugljika. Winberg je taj potencijal algi ustanovila još 2013. godine te pokrenula prvu kopnenu farmu algi u Australiji. Na farmi proizvodi ekstrakte algi koji se koriste u prehrani, kozmetici i farmaciji. Ako se uzgoj algi poveća, mogle bi zamijeniti jednokratnu plastičnu ambalažu i nadomjestiti hranu za životinje, poput kukuruza. 

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Pia Winberg, a marine ecologist at the University of Wollongong, has spent decades studying seaweed. She believes seaweed’s fast growth rate and ability to absorb vast amounts of carbon dioxide can help fight climate change, deacidify the oceans, and change the way we farm, not just in the oceans but also on land. In short, Winberg believes averting the worst of climate change will involve growing more seaweed – much more.

Globally, seaweeds are thought to sequester nearly 200 million tonnes of CO2 every year – as much as New York State’s annual emissions. Giant kelp, which washes up on beaches in Tasmanian waters is one species with immense potential to sink carbon. Realizing seaweed’s potential as a climate solution, Winberg opened Australia’s first land-based, commercial seaweed farm in 2013. On her farm in New South Wales, Winberg produces seaweed extracts that are used in food, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. If seaweed farming is scaled up, algae could replace plastic packaging and common animal feeds such as corn,
according to Winberg.

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