The other CO2 problem – animated adventures into ocean acidification

Take a look at this light-hearted video on a serious subject. This animation on ocean acidification was made by students from the Ridgeway School (Plymouth, UK) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory – an excellent production! Ridgeway students have made a short animated film which is being used internationally to highlight the acidification of the world’s … Continue reading The other CO2 problem – animated adventures into ocean acidification

“Carbon emissions creating acidic oceans not seen since dinosaurs”

“The choice to continue emitting carbon dioxide means that we will be an agent of biological change of a force and magnitude exceeded only by the causes of the great mass extinction events. If we do not cut carbon dioxide emissions deeply and soon, the consequences of ocean acidification will stand out against the broad … Continue reading “Carbon emissions creating acidic oceans not seen since dinosaurs”

Monaco Declaration by scientists urges ambitious, urgent plans to cut emissions drastically

155 scientists from 26 countries have issued a declaration on the severe threat posed by ocean acidification following the 2nd symposium on “The Ocean in a High-CO2 World” held on 6-9 October 2008 at the Oceanography Museum of Monaco. The Monaco Declaration, issued on 30 January 2009, states: Ocean acidification is accelerating and severe damages … Continue reading Monaco Declaration by scientists urges ambitious, urgent plans to cut emissions drastically

Declining calcification on the Great Barrier Reef – Radio Interview

Glen De’ath and Katherina Fabricius, two co-authors from the recent science paper on the decline in coral calcification on the Great Barrier Reef were interviewed by Australian ABC radio this afternoon. Listen online below, or read on after the jump for a transcript.

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update: fixed the link to the correct interview.
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Ocean acidification could impact jumbo squid metabolism

A new study published in PNAS (Rosa and Seibel 2008) indicates that decreased ocean pH could affect the metabolism of large squid.  See the summary article in the NYT here. Synergistic effects of climate-related variables suggest future physiological impairment in a top ocean predator By the end of this century, anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions … Continue reading Ocean acidification could impact jumbo squid metabolism