Ocean acidification is killing sea life, and we are the culprits November 28, 2012|By David Horsey

Ocean acidification is killing sea life, and we are the culprits November 28, 2012|By David Horsey

BY: DAVID HORSEY, Los Angeles Times

If the prospect of coastal cities sinking into the sea 100 years from now does not motivate Americans to do something dramatic to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, there is something happening at this very moment that should be setting off sirens. Rising CO2 levels are making the oceans more acidic and that change in the chemistry of the seas is disrupting the food chain that ends with you and me.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
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Rising ocean acidity off Washington state threatens shellfish, panel says

Rising ocean acidity off Washington state threatens shellfish, panel says

BY: The Associated Press

SEATTLE -- Rising acidity levels in the oceans pose a serious threat to shellfish and other marine life, and tackling that problem in Washington state will require reducing carbon dioxide emissions, keeping polluted runoff out of marine waters, and increasing monitoring at hatcheries, a group of experts recommended Tuesday.

The panel of scientists and policy experts convened by Gov. Chris Gregoire recommended dozens of actions to combat changes to ocean chemistry detected several years ago when oyster larvae in Pacific Northwest hatcheries began dying in large numbers.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
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Washington State Declares War on Ocean Acidification

Washington State Declares War on Ocean Acidification

The state, a leading U.S. producer of farmed shellfish, has launched a $3.3-million, science-based plan to address this growing problem for the region and the globe BY: VIRGINIA GEWIN and Nature magazine, Scientific American

Washington state, the leading US producer of farmed shellfish, today launched a 42-step plan to reduce ocean acidification. The initiative — detailed in a report by a governor-appointed panel of scientists, policy-makers and shellfish industry representatives — marks the first US state-funded effort to tackle ocean acidification, a growing problem for both the region and the globe. 

 The state governor Christine Gregoire, says she will allocate $3.3 million to back the panel's priority recommendations. 

“Washington is clearly in the lead with respect to ocean acidification,” says Jane Lubchenco, administrator of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
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State panel calls for stronger action to combat ocean acidification

State panel calls for stronger action to combat ocean acidification

BY: CRAIG WELCH, The Seattle Times

To combat ocean acidification in Washington, the state needs to better track the changing chemistry of Puget Sound, reduce stormwater runoff and nutrient pollution that worsen the problem, and counteract souring waters by sprinkling shells in estuaries or growing more carbon-gobbling vegetation. 

But above all, the state must advocate for regional, national and international policies to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions, according to authors of a first-of-its-kind report released Tuesday about the changing chemistry of Washington's marine waters.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
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Acidity in oceans: Bad trip for Washington’s economy

Acidity in oceans: Bad trip for Washington’s economy

Seattle Pi

The buildup of acid levels in oceans, a consequence of human-caused climate change, threatens to eat away at an important corner of Washington’s economy, according to the report of a state blue-ribbon panel on ocean acidification released on Tuesday. 

“Our state should care about this because contact with corrosive water directly effects our shellfish industry . . . We simply cannot sit idly by when this happens,” said William Ruckelshaus, former U.S. Environmental Protection Administrator and co-chair of the panel. 

Shellfish aquaculture is a $270 million business and directly and indirectly employs 3,000 people in the Evergreen State. Annual sales of farmed shellfish from Washington make up 85 percent of U.S. West Coast sales (including Alaska).

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
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