Welcome to the Acid Sea

Waves on Ocean CoastIs the coming tide an uninhabitable ocean? Reports the AFP via Alternet:

High levels of pollution may be turning the planet’s oceans acidic at a faster rate than at any time in the past 300 million years, with unknown consequences for future sea life, researchers said Thursday.

The acidification may be worse than during four major mass extinctions in history when natural pulses of carbon from asteroid impacts and volcanic eruptions caused global temperatures to soar, said the study in the journal Science.

An international team of researchers from the United States, Britain, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands examined hundreds of paleoceanographic studies, including fossils wedged in seafloor sediment from millions of years ago. They found only one time in history that came close to what scientists are seeing today in terms of ocean life die-off — a mysterious period known as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum about 56 million years ago. Though the reason for the carbon upsurge back then remains a source of debate, scientists believe that the doubling of harmful emissions drove up global temperatures by about six degrees Celsius and caused big losses of ocean life …

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18 Comments on "Welcome to the Acid Sea"

  1. Anarchy Pony | Mar 3, 2012 at 8:33 pm |

    Hooray for progress! 
    But I’m sure someone will be along shortly to tell us how it’s just more of some sort of NWO hoax conspiracy, and not to worry.

    • You don’t know! It IS the NWO Illuminati, haven’t you every listened to Alex Jones??? HE says that the reptilian shapeshifters are heating up the ocean through a nuclear proton cannon and our world leaders are in on it! Humans can’t affect the environment, deforestation, poison gas emmissions released into the atomosphere, poisoning of the ocean and fresh water through corporate negligence, that doesn’t have any impact at all! The scientists are all paid for by the NWO. It’s all a hoax and you don’t have to worry.

  2. DeepCough | Mar 4, 2012 at 11:49 am |

    Oh, man, I can’t wait to see what new, nasty life-forms adapt to this “acid ocean.”

  3. Camron Wiltshire | Mar 4, 2012 at 1:09 pm |

    Scripps paper: Ocean acidification fears overhypedScripps blockbuster: Ocean acidification happens all the time — naturallyThere goes another scare campaign.  Until recently we had very little data about real time changes in ocean pH around the world. 

    Finally autonomous sensors placed in a variety of ecosystems “from tropical to polar, open-ocean to coastal, kelp forest to coral reef” give us the information we needed.  It turns out that far from being a stable pH, spots all over the world are constantly changing. One spot in the ocean varied by an astonishing 1.4 pH units regularly.  

    All our human emissions are projected by models to change the world’s oceans by about 0.3 pH units over the next 90 years, and that’s referred to as “catastrophic”, yet we now know that fish and some calcifying critters adapt naturally to changes far larger than that every year, sometimes in just a month, and in extreme cases, in just a day. 

    Data was collected by 15 individual SeaFET sensors in seven types of marine habitats.  Four sites were fairly stable (1, which includes the open ocean, and also sites 2,3,4) but most of the rest were highly variable (esp site 15 near Italy and 14 near Mexico) .  On a monthly scale the pH varies by 0.024 to 1.430 pH units.  Figure 1. Map of pH sensor (SeaFET) deployment locations.See Table 1 for details of locations  

    The authors draw two conclusions: (1) most non-open ocean sites vary a lot, and (2) and some spots vary so much they reach the “extreme” pH’s forecast for the doomsday future scenarios on a daily (a daily!) basis.  

    Read more here:http://wattsupwiththat.com/201

    • Anarchy Pony | Mar 4, 2012 at 2:08 pm |

      We get it Cameron, you listen to idiot deniers that all believe that it’s impossible for humans to affect the world, despite glaringly contrary evidence, that is almost universally accepted by the actual scientific community, who(deniers) do whatever they can to obfuscate the truth to delay action that will penalize those responsible, for a pathetically greedy and naive conception of freedom where any and all kinds of responsibility are abandoned in a quest for material gain. 
      Of course I wouldn’t expect anything different from someone who thinks that A. Ron Paul could actually accomplish anything in fixing the incredibly corrupt government were he to actually get elected (which given the voting fraud conspiracy stuff you push would be impossible anyway), and B. Thinks that Paul’s foreign and drug policies totally override his insane right libertarian randroid bullshit. 

      • Well I tried Anarchy, I tried to be that conspiracy guy…. But I got out gunned by the real deal…

        Great prediction on your part though.

      • Camron Wiltshire | Mar 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm |

        This paper is such a game changer, they talk about rewriting the null hypothesis:
        “This natural variability has prompted the suggestion that “an appropriate null hypothesis may be, until evidence is obtained to the contrary, that major biogeochemical processes in the oceans other than calcification will not be fundamentally different under future higher CO2/lower pH conditions””


        So I take it no one here actually read the paper or considered the merit of the findings?

      • Camron Wiltshire | Mar 7, 2012 at 2:08 pm |

        Anarchy, it’s obvious that your desire to believe in the myths and scaremongering of the IPCC are inhibiting your ability to see clearly here.  I’ve just submitted an article to you which places the presumption of CO2 causing over acidification on shaky ground, when compared to the immense natural fluctuations.  (did you actually read the article before your rant?)

        Nice ad hominem attack by the way.  Next time try actually reading the article, contrasting the findings with the article and ask yourself if maybe you might have been suckered by Blood/Gore and the cooked up “science” of the IPCC. 

        As for your Rant about what you imagine I think or why based on my support for Ron Paul, let’s just say again you are assuming much when you could easily have just asked for clarification instead of running into a pointless ad hominem laced tirade.

  4. the time when this will come into popular awareness is when it is related to mainstream entertainment, the first fish with three eyes

    • Dahermit | May 8, 2012 at 7:19 pm |

      I kind of wish the bad things did / do happen on a catastrophic level that way we (including me) as humans get wiped out!

      We deserve it so much more then anyone or anything could describe.

      Humanity makes me SICK and its why I live the life of a hermit away from people.

      I truly wish for the apocalypse as I would welcome it with open arms for we deserve it and to deny it is to be a coward.

      We commit genocide on global scales for multiple races (Flora and Fauna) we destroy destroy destroy, we take take take and soon enough just like every other cycle that this planet has gone through, it will have enough and something will wipe us out!

      I just hope its sooner rather then later.

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