Ocean acidification emerges as new climate threat

Ocean acidification emerges as new climate threat

BY: JULIET EILPERIN, The Washington Post

HOMER, Alaska — Kris Holderied, who directs the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Kasitsna Bay Laboratory, says the ocean’s increasing acidity is “the reason fishermen stop me in the grocery store.”

“They say, ‘You’re with the NOAA lab, what are you doing on ocean acidification?’ ” Holderied said. “This is a coastal town that depends on this ocean, and this bay.”

Sunday, September 30, 2012
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An acidic ocean threatens shellfish farms

An acidic ocean threatens shellfish farms

BY: BRENNAN CLARKE, The Globe and Mail

For more than two decades, Rob Saunders grew his shellfish larvae in ordinary seawater drawn from the pristine natural environment of Baynes Sound, one of the most productive shellfish farming areas on B.C.’s West Coast. Now the water in Baynes Sound is so acidic, Mr. Saunders’ fragile seed stock will die unless he artificially adjusts the PH level in his hatchery tanks. “Because of ocean acidification the only way we can grow any larvae – oysters, clams, mussels, geoducks, you name it – is to take the CO2 out of the seawater,” said Mr. Saunders, CEO of Island Scallops, the largest producer of shellfish seed stock on province’s West Coast. “We would have been out of business this year if we didn’t figure out how to solve the problem.”

Thursday, September 6, 2012
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Acid Test for Marine Life

BY: JOHN BEDDINGTON and JANE LUBCHENCO

In Rio de Janeiro this week, environmental leaders from many nations are addressing one of our planet’s most serious yet still vastly under-recognized challenges: ocean acidification.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Categories: biological reponse
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Global ocean acidification monitoring network to launch at Rio summit

Global ocean acidification monitoring network to launch at Rio summit

BY:JULIET EILPERIN, The Washington Post

Efforts to deal with increasing acidification of the oceans will get a signal of support Sunday with a U.S. announcement that it will provide $1 million over the next three years to launch a global monitoring network.

The creation of the International Coordinating Office for Ocean Acidification, which will be housed within the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Environment Laboratories in Monaco, marks the first worldwide effort to track how increasing carbon emissions are making the world’s oceans more acidic.

Saturday, June 16, 2012
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Acid Oceans

Washington Post, Editorial

YOU'D THINK that the threat to the Earth's climate posed by greenhouse gas emissions would be enough to get policymakers to take seriously the need to reduce human use of fossil fuels. Rising sea levels, reduced polar ice and dramatic regional climate shifts represent serious dangers to the way of life of large swaths of the world's population. Now a new report by a group of federal scientists and university researchers highlights a different threat posed by carbon emissions, one with its own set of potentially devastating ecological consequences: the increasing acidity of the oceans.

Thursday, July 6, 2006
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