Ocean Acidification: The Other CO2 Problem

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This article, satirically title “The other CO2 problem” draws attention to the fact that rising atmospheric carbon dioxide has more implications that many people realize. Specifically this article looks at oceanic acidification, the process by... more »This article, satirically title “The other CO2 problem” draws attention to the fact that rising atmospheric carbon dioxide has more implications that many people realize. Specifically this article looks at oceanic acidification, the process by which the pH of the ocean water is steadily dropping. This change in acidity has many effects, and changes the overall chemistry of the ocean my and large. Marine life is massively threatened by this, shell forming marine life is progressively becoming less and less able to form the strong shells need for survival. Not only coruscations, but also corals and planktons are at risk as well. The danger in this may not be clear, but the article explains it to a degree. I essence coral is the ecosystem for a massive amount of oceanic life, as it fails to mature and form reefs properly all of the other life that is dependent on it dies as well. It’s like the forest of the ocean, when tress are cut down it is bad because the trees die, but is worse because the life that was dependent on the trees dies as well, and the life that was dependent on that life does not have a food source, I think you get the picture. In essence if the first the environment that the bottom of the food chain needs to survive is jeopardized the whole food chain is jeopardized. All the way up to humans who may someday find the life in the ocean is much scarcer than it once was. The implications in the malformation of planktons is equally troubling. Not unlike the coral, plankton represents the important starting rung of a sizable portion of the oceanic food chain, if something goes wrong with them, then the ocean starves, plain and simple. There are more implications in this for humans than some people may realize. Life started in the oceans as far as scientist can tell that is a concussive fact. If the oceans die I have no doubt that the world above water won’t long survive. 04-22-2016 12:00am

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