05 Nov '12, 4pm

The oceans are 30% more acidic than before Industrial Revolution. Google Earth video on growing issue:

Google Earth Tour of a More Acidic World Posted Mon, Nov 5, 2012 by Peter Brannen to great barrier reef , ocean acidification , pteropods Above is a good primer on ocean acidification narrated by Dan Laffoley of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The video spans the vulnerable corals of Australia's Great Barrier Reef to the equally vulnerable shellfish industry of the Pacific Northwest, detailing the potential effects of a more acidic ocean. To those unfamiliar with global warming's "evil twin", the video does a good job of explaining the basics of ocean acidification: simply put, carbon dioxide reacts with ocean water to make carbonic acid. The ocean absorbs about a quarter of civilization's carbon dioxide emissions, and as a result they are now 30 percent more acidic than before the industrial revolution . What does this mean for animals like clam...

Full article: http://oceana.org/en/blog/2012/11/google-earth-tour-of-a-...

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