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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Ocean Acidification: Much Worse Than We Thought

It’s not only worse — it’s happening much faster than anyone had originally predicted.  This article — Sea Change:  The Pacific’s Perilous Turn, by Craig Welch — is long and depressing, but it’s well worth bookmarking.  I hope you’ll read it and forward it to any like-minded acquaintances you can think of.

Craig Welch calls ocean acidification “the lesser known twin of climate change.”

The prognosis is grim.  But being unaware of it won’t help.

As with climate change, the only way to mitigate the devastation of ocean acidification is for Homo Sapiens to wean itself off of fossil fuels yesterday.  Unlike climate change, ocean acidification doesn’t sound very urgent to the billions of people who don’t live near a coastline.  A scientist from NOAA said:

“If you go 100 miles from the coast, most people say, ‘Why do I care about ocean acidification?’  Convincing a farmer in Iowa or a teacher in Kansas to care about ocean acidification is our challenge.”

A former Republican state senator from Alaska said:

“Acidification is very real: There isn’t any doubt it’s happening.  It’s obvious. And it’s going to be devastating.”

Anyway, the article is chock full of these cheerful fun facts.  But these are things we need to know.  This article is the first in a series being published by the Seattle Times on ocean acidification.  At the end of the article you can find links to subsequent articles.




Blogger Snave said...

Thanks, I will check these out. They are bookmarked now. I'll spread the word.

September 17, 2013 at 8:40 PM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Jeez, just dump a bunch of bases in the water. Problem solved.

September 18, 2013 at 7:30 AM  
Blogger jim marquis said...

Just an amazing piece. I'm sharing it too.

September 18, 2013 at 8:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Make it easier, a warehouse full of TUMS


September 18, 2013 at 11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too many people, and the numbers keep growing, esp. in third world coastal areas...don't think the article mentioned that, nor much about needless human impact.

September 18, 2013 at 5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We can try to do something about it, until the Global Warming nuts come in and rally the right to lose their collective minds and common sense.


September 19, 2013 at 12:23 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: Thanks for bookmarking and sharing.

Randal: Playing baseball in the ocean? Hmmm...

Jim: Thanks.

Erik: LOL, either Tums or a bunch of those $5,000 alkaline water contraptions that gullible people are buying.

Anonymous: Yup, too many people. And a lot of them are getting wealthier and having larger and larger environmental footprints.

Erik: No doubt the climate change deniers will be chiming in with "the oceans are actually getting more alkaline" and "ocean acidification is a natural process which has occurred repeatedly throughout history."

September 19, 2013 at 1:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After you China

September 19, 2013 at 5:19 PM  

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