20 Jun '11, 9pm

Ocean ecosystems are taking a faster nosedive than anyone predicted

Ocean ecosystems are taking a faster nosedive than anyone predicted. Without urgent action, coral reefs and entire fish species could disappear in a generation. Why is this happening? Do you really need to ask? Hint: It rhymes with shmarbon shmioxide. CO2 in the atmosphere increases the temperature of ocean water, throwing off the pH and making the oxygen-hogging algae population explode. Result: OCEAN DOOM. Our options for approaching the problem are pretty much: Massive changes to our stewardship of the planet, including reducing carbon emissions, halting overfishing, closing unsustainable fisheries, and nipping pollution in the bud, OR A terrible revenge enacted by a wrathful Neptune, God of the Sea.

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-06-20-the-oceans-may-be-go...

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