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Massive oyster die-offs in Pacific Northwest show ocean acidification has arrived #oceans #acidification #shellfish

Massive oyster die-offs in Pacific Northwest show ocean acidification has arrived #oceans #acidification #shellfish

Massive Oyster Die-offs Show Ocean Acidification Has Arrived The acidification of the world’s oceans from an excess of CO2 emissions has already begun, as evidenced recently by the widespread mortality of oyster larvae in the Pacific Northwest. Scientists say this is just a harbinger of things to come if greenhouse gas emissions continue to soar. by elizabeth grossman Standing on the shores of Netarts Bay in Oregon on a sunny fall morning, it’s hard to imagine that the fate of the oysters being raised here at the Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery is being determined by what came out of smokestacks and tailpipes in the 1960s and ‘70s. But this rural coastal spot and the shellfish it has nurtured for centuries are a bellwether of one of the most palpable changes being caused by global carbon dioxide emissions — ocean acidification . It was here, from 2006 to 2008, that oyster...

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