Thursday, February 4, 2010

No good news on ocean acidification

An Antarctic marine biologist at the University of Alabama - Birmingham is talking up his research on how the increased levels of carbon dioxide that cause climate change are also bad for the oceans, specifically because of ocean acidification. One project showed that it took as little as five weeks in an acidified environment for the shells of some Antarctic invertebrates to start thinning out. Dr. McClintock warns that because the Southern Ocean is a large carbon dioxide sink, ocean acidification is a particularly serious problem for Antarctic organisms.

Below is a video about the research:

Oceans Reveal Further Impacts of Climate Change, Says UAB Expert from uabnews on Vimeo.

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