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The Pacific Ocean Has Become Acidic Enough to Dissolve Sea Snails' Shells


Environment  (tags: oceans, acidification, marine life, CO2emissions, ecosystems, endangered, environment, pollution, destruction )

Lynn
- 1900 days ago - motherboard.vice.com
Meet the tiny, translucent "sea butterfly," whose home is currently being transformed into an acid bath. ... And the oceans are beginning to dissolve the tiny shells right off their backs.



   

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Lynn Squance (235)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 8:07 pm
We have this "beautiful blue planet" as our home, yet we seem bent on destroying it. The destruction may not directly affect us in ways the average person can observe, but it will. How much destruction do we have to cause before we wake up and smell the coffee?
 

Bruce C D (89)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 9:43 pm
Sadly, Lynn, I fear the prognostication will cost us and the planet a great deal of biodiversity. 20%? 50%? Who knows? While an exact estimate would be impossible, I do know that whatever the amount, it will have been too much needless wanton destruction.
 

James merritt jr (144)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 11:13 pm
Terribly sad...
 

SuSanne P (193)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 3:51 am
Thank you Lynn. "Fifty percent of those pteropods are affected by acidification," Bednarsek said. "It's a lotómore than we expected." And sooner. She tells me that acidification is happening sooner and on a larger scale than scientists predicted. "This is just an indication of how much we are changing the natural environment," she said."
"In other words, the oceans are on track to become an acidic mess, and plenty of things that lived in them for millions of years may simply no longer be able to."
 

Ben O (129)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 5:40 am
And, yet we don't know just HOW incredibly stupid we humans can get!
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 6:16 am
Very depressing read. Imagine just how bad things will be when our pitiful population doubles/triples. Thx Lynn
 

Lona G (66)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 6:23 am
We were aware of acidic rain in the 80s because the damage it did to European woods was clearly visible and we did enough bring our levels of air pollution down to counter the effects of acidic rains. Then we quickly forgot about it. Now the seas are turning acidic and sea life is already affected. But these effects aren't visible to regular Joes, so those with monetary interests in keeping things as they are, are able to deny it and keep it hidden. And turning back the clock like we did with acidic rains may not even be an option even if we would start now on a large scale. Depressing.
 

James Maynard (84)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 6:23 am
We are the only animal that
fouls it's own nest.
 

pam w (139)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 6:34 am
I hadn't heard this but it figures....
 

divergent revolution (309)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 7:59 am
AND SUNSCREEN IS MELTING THE REEFS
what a horrible condition for a diver like myself,and who will bother learning to dive with these conditions
a great hobby,I have gotten a good share of unique underwater photos,I guess it will have to suffice
HOW DEPRESSING
thanks Lynn, the news is awful, but thanks anyway
 

Gene J (289)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 9:03 am
It just never stops amazing me that we, as James pointed out, are the only animal with so little understanding of our world, our only home, that we despoil it with such hubris. No other animal fouls its own nest, and we aren't smart enough to know the WORLD is our nest. All of it. We shall reap what we sow or our grandchildren will, in fact, they already are as evidenced by any quick study of the proliferation of the new and horrible diseases attacking their still developing immune systems. Who knows how many of our ocean cousins have gone extinct by our horrid practices? And this is just the beginning.
 

. (0)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 9:19 am
Noted & posted
 

. (0)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 9:44 am
Thanks Gene -and Lynn.
 

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 12:31 pm
Noted and shared. I hold little hope that mankind will snap out of it and wake up to the destruction we're causing to the planet before it's too late; especially since it's right at being too late already. Sad.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 12:52 pm
Not good.
 

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Sunday May 4, 2014, 1:44 pm
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Kim O (396)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 2:12 pm
Spammer reported. Be GONE!!!! This is not the forum for your get rich quick crap!! Thanks for the important info Lynn!
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 2:15 pm
Terrible, we're killing everything .

Spam flagged.
 

David C (75)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 2:58 pm
when will enough wake up to save what we haven't destroyed????

spam flagged.
 

divergent revolution (309)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 3:14 pm
spam flagged
 

Anne F (17)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 4:19 pm
Important post - we need to stop assaulting the living systems of the planet
 

Millie O'Connor (155)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 10:20 pm
Again, another example of man destroying the universe, taking the innocent other beings with him. Thanks, Lynn. :-(
 

Frances Darcy (92)
Monday May 5, 2014, 12:49 am
So bad...
 

Past Member (0)
Monday May 5, 2014, 10:48 am
Fukashima radiation is killing everything ..all the rest is consequence but the radiation is the issue being suppressed. Our Ocean is being killed with what seems to be reckless intent for other purposes linked to globalism and absolute control of the slaves.
US.
 

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Tuesday May 6, 2014, 1:45 am
Horrible.
 
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