The more carbon dioxide in the air, the more acidic oceans become – preventing oysters and tiny marine snails at the base of the food chain from forming shells.
FRIDAY: Since the summer of 2013, sea stars along the pacific coast have been wasting away by the millions. Now scientists at Cornell University think they know why.
A new study by Oregon State University researchers found that acidic water adds stress during a time when baby oysters are already in a "death race" to build their first shell. Researchers concluded that water with elevated carbon dioxide levels can cause the oysters to lose that race – even if the water isn't fully corrosive.
In response to a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, the Environmental Protection Agency is advising coastal states to start collecting data on ocean acidification in their coastal waters.
Climate change | Pacific Ocean | Air | Water | EcotropeEcotrope | Sept. 7, 2010 1:45 p.m.
Lots happening on the climate front already this week. I read with interest about an investigation of the International Panel on Climate Change. Apparently, according to the independent auditor InterAcademy Council, even Nobel Peace Prize winners aren't perfect.