The Oceans of the Future

Thanks to all this extra CO2, the oceans are now thirty percent more acidic than they were in 1800. Assuming that humans continue to burn fossil fuels, the oceans will continue to absorb carbon dioxide and will become increasingly acidified. Under what’s known as a “business as usual” emissions scenario, by the end of this century, the oceans will be 150 percent more acidic than they were at the start of the industrial revolution.

Read here more about ocean acidification. Elizabeth Kolbert’s book on the subject, The Sixth Extinction, won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction.

In acidic oceans, the balance of molecules needed for shell-bearing organisms to manufacture shells and skeletons is altered.

An article on the social and political problems imposed by climate change can be found on EarthIsland’s website.

 

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