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Proposal: Chemosynthetic Management of the Water/Energy/Nutrient Nexus (WENN) Contest: Other Developed Countries’ Climate Action Plan 2015 Thank you for your contest entry. Thank you for your contest entry. We appreciate your willingness to share your ideas and also the time and effort you put into developing a proposal and submitting it to the contest. We have reviewed your proposal and found that it contained intriguing elements; however, have chosen not to advance it to the next round of competition. We encourage you to keep developing your idea. Transfer your proposal to a Workspace to re-open it, make edits, add collaborators, and even submit it into a future contest. You can do so by logging into your account, opening your proposal, selecting the Admin tab, and clicking “Move proposal.” We welcome you to stay involved in the Climate CoLab community: support and comment on proposals that have been named Finalists, and vote during the public voting period to help select the contest’s Popular Choice Winner. Climate CoLab will be opening more contests throughout the year and you are welcome to submit your proposal to those contests as well. Keep up the great work. We hope that by working together, we all can create solutions that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. Sincerely, Contest Fellows If there are additional comments from the Judges & Fellows, they will be included below.

Thank you for participating in the 2015 Climate CoLab Other Developed Countries' Climate Action Plan contest, and for the time you spent in creating your entry.

The Judges have strongly considered your proposal, and have chosen to not advance it as a Finalist for this contest.

We, the Judges and contest Fellows, are truly grateful for your contribution to the Climate CoLab and for your commitment to address climate change.

We encourage you to keep developing your work and to submit it into future contests, which will open in the fall and winter of 2016. In the meantime, you can keep developing your work by transferring it to the Regional Climate Action Plan Workspace (; here you can re-open it, make edits, and add collaborators. You can do so by logging into your account, opening your proposal, selecting the Admin tab, and clicking “Copy proposal”. Once the 2016 contests open, you can use this same feature to move your proposal to an open contest.

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All the best,
2015 Climate CoLab Judges and Fellows

Additional comments from the Fellows:

The author has retained the base proposal to utilize natural oceanic nutrient upwelling and fertilization to produce large quantities of biomass in order to supplement/offset, then replace fossil fuel-based transportation fuels and electricity generation. The author is sufficiently confident in the potential of this proposal that he offers that it may shift global greenhouse gas emission scenarios from a business-as-usual scenario to a scenario paralleling RCP 2.6.

The author has significantly improved the coherentness of the proposal, yet has done little to improve his rationale of the feasibility of the idea. I retain significant doubts over whether biofuel could be harvested in sufficient quantities to satisfy the proposal's projections.

Diversifying from the self-reinforcing style of referenced proposals the author relied upon during the first review, the proposal now links to a number of supporting proposals from the previous two years. In essence, the proposals can be broken into two overarching categories, both with a particular US:

Financing - The author links to proposals offering novel means to finance the proposal, or to shift energy production to carbon-netural means. For example, proposals for implementing a US carbon tax, allowing carbon credits to be developed via the production of biofuel and extending cap and trade systems are linked

Grid technology - The author links to proposals which offer means to improve national grid systems using renewable energies. For example, the author links to proposals suggesting that the kinetic energy of the Gulf Stream may be utilized, and that a DC supergrid would allow more efficient transport of electricity over long distances.

While interesting, these proposals do not address the seeming infeasibility of the proposal.

However, the most significant downfall of the proposal continues to be the lack of identification of the specific roles of the nations covered in the Other Developed Countries contest.

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Michael Hayes

Sep 12, 2015


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There has been further refinement of the Water, Energy, Nutrient Nexus (WENN) Protocol in the area of authorship and organization.

The link to that work is:

However, there still is the need to address each nation's/region's ability to use the WENN Protocol per the competition(s) mandate.I'm working my way through the information found in the World Resource Institute database: and hope to be able to make clear linkage between the national pledges and the WENN Protocol within the revision time frame allowed within the Finals stage of the competition.

Your continued patients with the development of the WENN Protocol proposal and further support would be greatly appreciated.

Best regards,