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Science | Climate change | Pacific Ocean | Environment

West Coast Ocean Acidification Rates Among Highest In World

OPB/EarthFix | June 2, 2017 9 a.m. | Ashland, Oregon

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. 

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Ocean Acidity Is Harming Oysters

OPB | Feb. 12, 2015 12:35 p.m.

THURSDAY: The Center for Biological Diversity is suing the Environmental Protection Agency over the impacts of ocean acidity on shellfish.

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Researchers Discover Likely Culprit Behind Sea Star Die Off

OPB | Nov. 21, 2014 12:50 p.m.

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.

Environment | Pacific Ocean | Ecotrope

OSU Study Explains How Even A Little Ocean Acidification Can Kill Baby Oysters

Ecotrope | June 12, 2013 11:51 a.m.

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.

Water | Ecotrope

Ocean acidification: East Coast vs. West Coast

Ecotrope | Nov. 29, 2010 9:18 a.m.
Water | Pacific Ocean | Ecotrope

EPA to states: Start measuring ocean acidification

Ecotrope | Nov. 16, 2010 6:12 a.m.

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 | Water | Fish & Wildlife | Ecotrope

How 50-year-old carbon dioxide haunts shellfish

Ecotrope | Oct. 25, 2010 4:13 a.m.

Researchers at Oregon State University are delving into the impacts of ocean acidification on shellfish.

Climate change | Pacific Ocean | Air | Water | Ecotrope

Do oceans need their own climate policy?

Ecotrope | 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.