Scientific panel including Scripps Oceanography geochemist warns on accelerating rate of ocean acidification along West Coast
The acidity of the world’s oceans is anticipated to continue to accelerate in lockstep with rising atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions. Dickson said the regional focus of the report sets it apart from other analyses of the risks of ocean acidification that have traditionally considered the problem at either a local scale or global scale. The panel is urging ocean management and natural resource agencies to develop highly coordinated, comprehensive multi-agency solutions, including: Exploring approaches that involve the use of seagrass to remove carbon dioxide from seawater.
Bubbles – yes, bubbles – could help protect coral reefs, oyster farms, and other coastal ecosystems from increasing ocean acidification, according to new research by Stanford scientists
The technique, outlined in a study published online in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, could provide a relatively inexpensive solution to one of the biggest threats facing coral reefs today. An estimated 30 to 60 percent of all the coral reefs have died since the Industrial Revolution as the oceans absorbs more CO2 and become increasingly acidic. Ocean acidification harms a variety of marine organisms, but especially those that use calcium carbonate to assemble their skeletons and shells, such as coral, mussels, and oysters.