11 Dec '11, 6pm

'Other CO2 problem' research shows that fish won't be OK

'Other CO2 problem' research shows that fish won't be OK

Bigeye Trevally via Shutterstock It's the 'other CO2 problem', global warming's little brother, and ocean acidification could be even more damaging than had previously been thought according to new research on how fish are affected. As the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rises, more of it is dissolved into the sea, forming carbonic acid, making the sea more acidic. While negative effects have been recorded for many simple marine creatures - coral reefs , shellfish, urchins and plankton for example - no research had shown that fish were damaged, until now. Research published in Nature Climate Change by a team from Stony Brook University in New York dismisses the so-called 'fish are OK' theory. According to the new research, the belief that fish were relatively unaffected by more acidic oceans ignored the effect of CO2 on fish larvae and even eggs. Christopher Gob...

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/pollution/co2-fish-eggs-larvae-...

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