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Rate of Climate Change's 'Evil Twin' Has Scientists Worried

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Climate change's "evil twin" -- ocean acidification -- has been increasing at a rate unexpected by scientists, says Dr. Jane Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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Jason S (50)
Tuesday July 10, 2012, 9:27 am
No one was listen

Craig Pittman (52)
Tuesday July 10, 2012, 9:33 am
Another human caused environmental disaster coming home to roost. It's beginning to appear as though we will not have to speak out against degradation of our 'resources' much longer as Mother Nature is taking action on her own accord. The predictions of scientists warning of these consequences decades ago are now not only becoming reality but at a rate and impact greatly under estimated.

Michael T (82)
Tuesday July 10, 2012, 4:13 pm
One of the things that for me has been so telling is that I have not read of one instance where climate change scientists have ganged up to prevent anti climate change scientists. But apparently, this is not true of the anti climate change side. Insiders tried to minimize Bopal, US government experiments on its soldiers by exposing them to radiation. Now, they are trying to apply pressure in an attempt to silence scientists who are attempting to warn of climate change.

Brad Miller (120)
Tuesday July 10, 2012, 5:02 pm
Sadly, the rate of degradation and extinctions will only accelerate in the foreseeable future. What the unforeseeable future brings may be far worse and I fear there won't be many humans around to see it. Sorry I sound like such a doomsayer.

Mitchell D (104)
Tuesday July 10, 2012, 7:41 pm
Another reason to doubt the sanity of those who would have a bumper sticker, as i saw recently, saying: "why worry, God is in charge."

Ioannes J (1)
Tuesday July 10, 2012, 8:21 pm
1. Acidification and methane hydrate are partial problem.

2. Collectively, Human (without Genders, Ages, Races,) consumed ridiculous amounts of goods (hazardous manufacturing of electronics - iPhone, iPad, Smartphones, Laptops, etc) and fossil fuels (Coal, Methane, Oil) and being willing or passive partners in consumerism/ capitalism. We are all contributed to the current problem to a greater or lesser degree. Whilst I loathe what money tends to do to people, particularly the more we have, and our 'need' to consume so much. I believe we all need to take collective responsibility for rapidly decreasing our destructive impact on the planet. Some collective sanity would be a good start.

3. Elite, Super Wealth (Billionaire/ Trillion), 1% are planning to move higher ground with fresh resources (water/ Land) and higher ground (Artic) while others are sacrifice (flooding, ) in lower land to reduce population. Similar to movie "End of the World" and remember there is a movie showing wealthy people secretly getting aboard a ship with family, love one and moving to higher ground to building a better world.
therefore, wealth, elite don't care about populating waters and land in low areas (From Florida to California or Australia to Europe.) All are under sea level. Greed and Wealth of 1% Survival of species.

5. I Wonder why Red sea is death back in those biblical day because lake is populating (metal resources, diseases, rared sewage, etc) cause by greed of wealth that wipe out nation.

Andrew Harris (3)
Tuesday July 10, 2012, 10:47 pm
While I am very much a greenie I have some reservations about this story as the link between ocean acidification and man made carbon emissions is problematic. If acidification was 100% due to carbon in the atmosphere then all lakes and oceans should be experiencing similar levels of acidification. However this is not the case as many lakes around the world have no acidification problem. This indicates that the source of the acidification is not the atmosphere and raises the issue of what the source actually is. What seems a likely candidate is undersea volcanoes and this is for two reasons. One is that scientists recently upped their estimate of how many undersea volcanoes there are from 10,000 to over 3 million and the other is that there has been a large increase in volcanic activity above ground. USGS says normally there are 20 volcanoes erupting above ground 16 of which are permanaently erupting and four occasionals. This latter number has increased 400% in recent years and this could explain ocean acidification if it were happening below the ocean as well.

greenplanet e (155)
Wednesday July 11, 2012, 1:33 am
Industrialized humans should be changing their ways for sure.

greenplanet e (155)
Wednesday July 11, 2012, 1:59 am
Sadly, there seems to be little action on these matters.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 11, 2012, 4:27 am

Michael T (82)
Wednesday July 11, 2012, 6:30 am
@Andy H. If your data is correct, and acidification isn't 100% due to carbon impact, a sufficient portion of it may still be due to it and efforts to curb this should be looked at. I also suspect the plastification, and trashification of the oceans including oil spills are likely contributors as well.

Ergo, there are still efforts that can be made to reduce what humans are doing to cause this.

JL A (281)
Wednesday July 11, 2012, 7:25 am
Wish the media were giving this issue more coverage. With all the record heat news providing visible evidence of climate change, that is receiving attention now but the pH balance changes are known by impacts not direct sight--and may have preceded some of the ugliest in-land water pollution tragedies.

Ioannes J (1)
Wednesday July 11, 2012, 8:59 am
@ Andy H. Testing of Nuclear bombs (US defense) in Pacific and Atlantic ocean cause volcanic fault line around the world to produce constant earthquakes, Bigger Tsunami and speed up undersea volcanoes with acidification. As well as testing underground Nuclear bomb (US defense) in Iraq, Afghan, etc military bases disrupt volcanic and increase acidification.

Not just CO2 but other chemicals made by major companies increase ocean acidification by dumping into rivers, stream, bayou, and ocean.

Florence Eaise (132)
Wednesday July 11, 2012, 12:55 pm
This is truly terrifying! Why isnt our government doing anything about this? Let me guess....Money? I must admit i didnt even know about ocean acidification until i read this article but now that i know im scared and angry! What kind of a world are we leaving future generations? What will they say and think? Thanks for the wonderfully written article Kit, and thanks for explaining exactly what ocean acidification is! Keep the great articles coming Kit, you have a real talebt for writing!

Jaime Alves (52)
Wednesday July 11, 2012, 12:55 pm
Thanks for the info, its a sad state of affairs.!!

Michael T (82)
Wednesday July 11, 2012, 1:08 pm
To add further information see below.
Top Marine Scientists Warn Reefs in Rapid Decline

More than 85 percent of reefs in Asia's "Coral Triangle" are directly threatened by human activities such as coastal development, pollution, and overfishing, according to a report launched at the forum earlier Monday.
The Coral Triangle covers Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, The Solomon Islands, and East Timor and contains nearly 30 percent of the world's reefs and more than 3,000 species of fish.

Elle B (84)
Wednesday July 11, 2012, 1:14 pm
TY for posting Kit. Note: If you don't know basic OFF THE GRID survival skills . . .study up immediately. 2) Get emergency/disaster training [including CB/Ham Radio] and stock up on supplies now. Everyone should know this from childhood...this is a living planet. PS. It can all be done very low cost...but do hurry up because the marketing maniacs could change that. Remember General Russell L. Honore from Katrina? Well, that's his recommendation, as well. In his retirement...he is trying to get the nation to become a 'culture of preparedness.' We should not have ever shut down military bases. They should have been turned into emergency preparedness centers run mostly by volunteers--particularly vets. The bases could have been used for all kinds of activities. Don't let any more PUBLIC LANDS get sold off...they belong to us...opening them up to oil and/or selling them is just another greedy ruse.

David C (133)
Wednesday July 11, 2012, 1:15 pm
....there is no Planet B for life...

Debra Van Way (12)
Wednesday July 11, 2012, 1:15 pm
Ah, finally proof for any aliens that might visit the little blue planet-there is no intelligent life-just a lot of bipeds that destroyed their home planet. What a shame-scans show it must have once been a beautiful life filled place.

Gene J (290)
Wednesday July 11, 2012, 2:07 pm
"While I am very much a greenie I have some reservations about this story as the link between ocean acidification and man made carbon emissions is problematic."

That may be true, Andy, but something is killing off the coral reefs upon which much of the oceanic ecology relies, you don't know what you got till its gone, pave paradise and put up a parking lot. (Joni Mitchell) That's the truth of it, we don't know what is doing it and we can't stop it and we have NO idea what will happen when they are all gone - you can't grow those in a test tube and plunk them in the water.

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Wednesday July 11, 2012, 2:30 pm
Thanks Kit for sharing. This is really scary to think what humans are doing to our planet. Couldn't have said it bette Craig.

. (0)
Wednesday July 11, 2012, 3:13 pm
Great article, Kit.

Yvonne White (229)
Wednesday July 11, 2012, 5:44 pm
That which doesn't kill you makes you stronger..oh, I guess the oceans are too "girlie" then?! It just Refuses to heal itself - no matter how much "medicine" we pour in!;) I guess we're just getting lazy too..haven't HAD to evolve for hundreds of thousands of years..oh, wait, Monsanto & Big Agri/Pharma are Trying to Help us Change into Something else..we're Such Neandertals, maybe the Global Warming will jump start that next Ice Age - THEN we'll be Justified in burning what's left!;) *heavy sigh..followed by hysterical giggle*

Lloyd H (46)
Wednesday July 11, 2012, 9:17 pm
Here on the coast of Washington State the acidification is slowing the growth of oyster larva into oysters to the point that one company has picked up and moved to Hawaii, where for the present the acidity is lower.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 11, 2012, 10:08 pm
Thanks Kit, for the article and the brilliant lesson in science. I don't know about anyone else, but I feel smarter now.

Andrew Harris (3)
Wednesday July 11, 2012, 10:24 pm
Thanks for your reponse Kit. Here is a link to a report on volcanic activity being responsible for acidification.
As I said I am a greenie and so completely believe that we have to eliminate polution if we want to stay healthy on this planet. However I also believe that we need to fully understand what is causing a problem before we can develop effective solutions for tackling it.

DORIS L (61)
Thursday July 12, 2012, 8:50 am
The ocean appears so beautiful and magnificent. Sigh.

Sheryl G (363)
Thursday July 12, 2012, 2:43 pm
I hope the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium in the Australian does a better job than green/white wash the problems over that the recent Rio Earth Summit did. Indigeneous people from around the world told them that.

There is nothing evil in so called twin, natural law is what it is, reacting to the conditions set upon it. The only evil is the people who have the power to change things and are failing to do so. But we all must remember the famous quote by Abraham Joshua Heschel, "Few are guilty but all are responsible."

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 12, 2012, 2:53 pm
Does anyone else think that limiting green stars to only one a week is the most stupid policy imaginable? There are activists on here that deserve a star every hour!

Instead of limiting green stars, LIMIT THESE DAMN SNEAKER ADS!

Michael T (82)
Thursday July 12, 2012, 5:07 pm
I just heard on the Weather Channel, yes THE Weather Channel that it is now official. 61% of the US is now considered to in a drought status.

Michael T (82)
Thursday July 12, 2012, 6:03 pm
LOL Kit. It has been my experience that I don't have to ask a Republican, because they come right out and include it along with the rest of the stuff they proselytize about. Didn't I hear somewhere many of them signed some cabal agreeing to deny climate change? I know Norquist did that in regard to raising taxes.

When I lived in Colorado, I learned about droughts firsthand.

When I lived in Virginia, and it is true here in Fl too, if I went outside in the morning and poured a bucket of water on my car in the morning, I would find the car still wet in the evening. In Colorado, if I poured a bucket of water on my car in the morning an hour later it was completely dry.

We are supposed to drink 8 eight ounce glasses a water per day for hydration under normal circumstances. Most of us don't. Coffee and juices don't count. That's in a normal climate. You had to add another 2-4 glasses out there at Mile High to stay even.

I also learned that while we use 19% of our land and it is considered arable, here in the US, that the arable nature is fading rather rapidly due to spraying fossil fuel based fertilizers on it year after year after year. So we are peeing in the water and crapping on the land. Yeah, those sound like good choices. OK. Got it.

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 12, 2012, 6:49 pm
Sounds like a job for HEMP! It will save the planet, you know.

Here is an interesting and enlightening assortment of hemp facts:

1) Hemp is among the oldest industries on the planet, going back more than 10,000 years to the beginnings of pottery. The Columbia History of the World states that the oldest relic of human industry is a bit of hemp fabric dating back to approximately 8,000 BC.

2) Presidents Washington and Jefferson both grew hemp. Americans were legally bound to grow hemp during the Colonial Era and Early Republic. The federal government subsidized hemp during the Second World War and U.S. farmers grew about a million acres of hemp as part of that program.

3) Hemp seed is nutritious and contains more essential fatty acids than any other source, is second only to soybeans in complete protein (but is more digestible by humans), is high in B-vitamins, and is a good source of dietary fiber. Hemp seed is not psychoactive and cannot be used as a drug (learn more at

4) The bark of the hemp stalk contains bast fibers, which are among the Earth's longest natural soft fibers and are also rich in cellulose. The cellulose and hemi-cellulose in its inner woody core are called hurds. Hemp stalk is not psychoactive. Hemp fiber is longer, stronger, more absorbent and more insulative than cotton fiber.

5) According to the Department of Energy, hemp as a biomass fuel producer requires the least specialized growing and processing procedures of all hemp products. The hydrocarbons in hemp can be processed into a wide range of biomass energy sources, from fuel pellets to liquid fuels and gas. Development of bio-fuels could significantly reduce our consumption of fossil fuels and nuclear power.

6) Hemp can be grown organically. Only eight, out of about one hundred known pests, cause problems, and hemp is most often grown without herbicides, fungicides or pesticides. Hemp is also a natural weed suppressor due to fast growth of the canopy.

7) Hemp produces more pulp per acre than timber on a sustainable basis, and can be used for every quality of paper. Hemp paper manufacturing can reduce wastewater contamination. Hemp's low lignin content reduces the need for acids used in pulping, and its creamy color lends itself to environmentally-friendly bleaching instead of harsh chlorine compounds. Less bleaching results in less dioxin and fewer chemical by-products.

8) Hemp fiber paper resists decomposition, and does not yellow with age when an acid-free process is used. Hemp paper more than 1,500 years old has been found. Hemp paper can also be recycled more times than wood-based paper.

9) Hemp fiberboard produced by Washington State University was found to be twice as strong as wood-based fiberboard. No additional resins are required due to naturally-occurring lignins.

10) Eco-friendly hemp can replace most toxic petrochemical products. Research is being done to use hemp in manufacturing biodegradable plastic products: plant-based cellophane, recycled plastic mixed with hemp for injection-molded products, and resins made from the oil, to name a very few examples. Over two million cars on the road today have hemp composite parts for door panels, dashboards, luggage racks, etc.


Past Member (0)
Thursday July 12, 2012, 6:59 pm
Will anyone else agree with me that the drug war is doing as much to destroy the planet as it is it's habitants?

Michael T (82)
Thursday July 12, 2012, 7:06 pm
You know MJ M, I hope, that I have stood with you and still stand with you in this regard for all the reasons, including just simply those that feed the growth in the prison system acting as a means to suppress certain parts of our society.

Sheryl G (363)
Friday July 13, 2012, 6:19 am
MJM, agree, Michael and Kit.....glad to know you all! Love you guys and cookies as they say, lol. An honor to be linked to you on C2.

greenplanet e (155)
Friday July 13, 2012, 11:02 pm
Ocean acidifciation makes it difficult for marine creatures with calcuim carbonate shells or skeletons to build their shells or skeletons:

"certain marine organisms including mollusks, crustaceans, reef-forming corals and some species of algae and phytoplankton are particularly vulnerable to small changes in pH. These species, known as "marine calcifiers," all create skeletons or shells out of calcium carbonate. The essential building block for this process is the carbonate ion, but when combined with hydrogen ions released by carbonic acid, it is rendered useless for shell-building organisms. The concentration of carbonate ions is expected to decline by half during this century due to increased atmospheric carbon dioxide levels (Orr et. al., 2005).

Marine calcifiers face a second challenge: their calcium carbonate shells dissolve in environments that are too acidic. "

greenplanet e (155)
Friday July 13, 2012, 11:04 pm
Acidification of fresh water is a different process and has some other causes, eg:

Lin Penrose (92)
Monday July 16, 2012, 1:33 pm
Thank you Kit for this important article and sharing your extensive knowledge. We humans are a big part of the carbon problem and have tipped the balance of what nature contributes. Thousands of years will be needed to find a livable balance again for many eco-systems thoughout the entire planet. Those that do survive will have changed to adapt to the millions of poisons we humans have created during our time on this earth. The old adage "As you sow, so shall you reap" is the most appropriate to human activities. I don't mean this as a bible quote, simply a truth we are now experiencing. The earth is now beyond any 'cures'. There are too many points of destruction to address, and each one has an effect on others, increasing the catastrophic events. Mass extinctions are the dreadful price for our stewardship and egos.

Michael O (176)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 5:26 am
Ocean acidification is a very worrisome problem and not enough is being written about it in the mainstream media.

Thanks for sharing this, Kit!
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