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Center for Biological Diversity - Press Release - States Petitioned to Halt Ocean Acidification Under Clean Water Act

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Today the Center for Biological Diversity officially requested that Maine and Delaware declare ocean waters under their jurisdiction impaired under the Clean Water Act due to ocean acidification.The conservation group has now petitioned ten coastal states

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Chris Otahal (507)
Friday December 14, 2007, 8:12 pm
Great news - hope they win on this one :)

Judy Cross (83)
Friday December 14, 2007, 10:56 pm
Ocean "Acidification" is the second front. It is the falback catastophe. Since more and more evidence points to other factors being far, far more important than CO2 in changing climate on land, now all the emphasis will be on the oceans.
Just remember that what we are taling about is a tiny change in PH .Between 1751 and 2004 surface ocean pH is estimated to have decreased from approximately 8.25 to 8.14. The change is 0.11 in 253 years.

That corals FLOURISH in warmer waters is not mentioned. The Great Barrier Reef stretches over 1500 miles from North to South along Australia's East coast -- from quite cool to distinctly warm waters. And corals become MORE abundant moving Northwards -- i.e. as the waters get warmer

There is also the inconvenience of a paper which show cold has a much more damaging effect on corals than warmth.,23599,22187212-2,00.html
Coral bleaching on Great Barrier Reef in record cold snap

Then take a look at the sea temperature chart here:
So, what warming?

Chris Otahal (507)
Friday December 14, 2007, 11:37 pm
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Bill U. (2)
Monday December 7, 2009, 9:52 am
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