Remember – according to ACT, global warming isn’t man made
Oceans' acidity threatening coral and mussel survival
Rising carbon dioxide levels are increasing acidity in the oceans faster than scientists thought, posing a greater threat to shell-forming creatures such as coral and mussels. An eight-year project in the Pacific has found that rising marine acid levels will challenge many organisms, because their shell-making chemistry is critically dependent on a less acidic, more alkaline environment. The study monitored seawater pH levels at the northeast Pacific island of Tatoosh off Washington state in the United States. Timothy Wootton, from Chicago University, said scientists found that acidity levels rose at more than 10 times the rate predicted by computer models designed to study the link between atmospheric concentrations of CO2 and ocean acidity. Atmospheric CO2 levels have increased by about 100 parts per million since the start of the industrial revolution and are now at their highest point in at least 650,000 years. About a third of man-made CO2 emissions has dissolved into the oceans. As CO2 dissolves in seawater, it forms carbonic acid, which lowers the ocean's alkalinity and pH level, making it more acidic.
Remember – according to ACT who are now in power, global warming isn’t happening because of man made pollution – we effectively have a flat earth party that only 4 in every 100 NZers voted for dictating ludicrous environmental policy that makes us the laughing stock of the OECD – personally I can’t WAIT for Rodney’s special inquest where he will bring every quack denial clown on the planet to try and sway policy regarding global warming, I wonder how we will be portrayed in the global media when this happens?
How’s that change going for you NZ?