Ocean acidification: de-gassing the myths

Ocean acidification is increasingly a term used by scientists, and reported in the media, as one of the big issues of concern for our planet: « the evil twin of climate change » or « the other CO2 problem ». The oceans natural ability to take up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is in itself an incredibly important and useful Earth System process, yet the rate of CO2 being emitted into the atmosphere is resulting in unprecedented changes to ocean chemistry. The complexity of the oceans buffering capacity, terms such as alkalinity and pH, and the often poorly communicated scientific findings often leads to […]