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Oceans Acidifying Faster Today Than in Past 300 Million Years

Oceans Acidifying Faster Today Than in Past 300 Million Years

Oceans Acidifying Faster Today Than in Past 300 Million Years Posted on 5 March 2012 by John Hartz This is a reprint of a news release posted by the National Science Foundation on March 1, 2012. Few parallels for today's rapid ocean changes in geologic record The oceans may be acidifying faster today than they did in the last 300 million years, according to scientists publishing a paper this week in the journal Science . "What we're doing today really stands out in the geologic record," says lead author Bärbel Hönisch, a paleoceanographer at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. "We know that life during past ocean acidification events was not wiped out--new species evolved to replace those that died off. But if industrial carbon emissions continue at the current pace, we may lose organisms we care about--coral reefs, oysters, salmon." The oceans act like...

Full article: http://www.skepticalscience.com/news.php?n=1334

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