A closer look at the horrors of ocean acidification

Ocean Acidification
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The longer we wait to act, the more painful it'll be

Ocean acidification doesn't get nearly the attention it deserves. It's negative effects on our planet and its ecosystems are potentially so vast that I wish someone would make the equivalent of Inconvenient Truth about it to explain what's going on to the average person. But while we wait for that film to be made, the Seattle Times has a great feature-length piece that you should definitely read.

“I used to think it was kind of hard to make things in the ocean go extinct,” said James Barry of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California. “But this change we’re seeing is happening so fast it’s almost instantaneous. I think it might be so important that we see large levels, high rates, of extinction.”

Globally, we can arrest much of the damage if we bring down CO2 soon. But if we do not, the bad news won’t stop. And the longer we wait, the more permanent the change gets.

“There’s a train wreck coming and we are in a position to slow that down and make it not so bad,” said Stephen Palumbi, a professor of evolutionary and marine biology at Stanford University. “But if we don’t start now the wreck will be enormous.”

Check it out here: Sea Change

Or if you just want the overview, here are the videos that are included:

Via Seattle Times

See also: Ocean Acidification Makes Clownfish Go Deaf (Poor Nemo Can't Hear Predators Anymore...)

Tags: Global Climate Change | Global Warming Effects | Global Warming Science | Oceans

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