Acid Oceans

January 30, 2009

Another nail in the coffin of the earth.
Climate change offered by human-induced CO2 discharges are literally sucking the life out of our oceans.

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(Illustration found here).

In a report issued today, the horror of man-made CO2 will quickly make the world’s oceans more acidic and therefore unable to bear life.
From the New York Times:

  • The panel, comprising 155 scientists from 26 countries and organized by the United Nations and other international groups, is not the first to point to growing ocean acidity as an environmental threat, but its blunt language and international credentials give its assessment unusual force.
    It called for “urgent action” to sharply reduce emissions of carbon dioxide.
    “Severe damages are imminent,” the group said Friday in a statement summing up its deliberations at a symposium in Monaco last October.
    The statement, called the Monaco Declaration, said increasing acidity is interfering with the growth and health of shellfish and eating away at coral reefs, processes that would eventually affect marine food webs generally.
    Already, the group said, there have been detectable decreases in shellfish, shell weights and interference with the growth of coral skeletons.

    “The chemistry is so fundamental and changes so rapid and severe that impacts on organisms appear unavoidable,” according to James Orr, who headed the symposium’s scientific committee.
    Dr. Orr is a chemical oceanographer at the Marine Environmental Laboratory in Monaco, an affiliate of the International Atomic Energy Agency, a United Nations body.

And this from Reuters:

  • Scientists who flew a modified corporate jet from pole to pole to study how greenhouse gases move found carbon dioxide piling up over the Arctic, but also higher than expected levels of oxygen over the Antarctic.

    One of the major challenges scientists face is tracking the estimated 30 billion tons of carbon emitted each year by motor vehicles, factories, deforestation and other sources.
    About 40 percent of the gas accumulates in the atmosphere, with the rest apparently being absorbed by oceans and forests.

How about some good-old fashioned coal-burning?

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