Acidic Oceans–“Catastrophic”

When our seas begin to fail, we can expect a domino collapse of the environment in which we breathe and live.  Several reports have surfaced recently that discuss the rising acidity in the world’s oceans.  According to a New York Times report, “Carbon dioxide, principally from the burning of fossil fuels, is the major component of greenhouse gas emissions…” 

While the ocean has been one of our carbon dioxide buffers, the buffering now pays a price as the gas dissolves in the ocean and produces carbonic acid.  “Catastrophic” is a word oft used in articles about this growing acidic condition.

An international panel of scientists claim that the ocean’s acidity is rising so fast that it not only threatens coral reefs, but shell fish and marine food, as well. 

 

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