Contrasting futures for ocean and society from different anthropogenic CO2 emissions scenarios

Gattuso J.-P., Magnan A., Billé R., Cheung W. W. L., Howes E. L., Joos F., Allemand D., Bopp L., Cooley S., Eakin C. M., Hoegh-Guldberg O., Kelly R. P., Pörtner H.-O., Rogers A. D., Baxter J. M., Laffoley D., Osborn D., Rankovic A., Rochette J., Sumaila U. R., Treyer S. & Turley C., 2015. Contrasting futures for ocean and society from different anthropogenic CO2 emissions scenarios. Science 349: aac4722. BACKGROUND Although the ocean moderates anthropogenic climate change, this has great impacts on its fundamental physics and chemistry, with important consequences for ecosystems and people. Yet, despite the ocean’s critical role […]

Ocean Acidification Threatening Many Species

Great educational video about the impacts of ocean acidification and one thing to keep in mind: we are the last generation that can really change the trajectory and save the magical ocean. A few decades ago, dozens of species in Monterey Bay were on the verge of extinction. Today, many of those species are now thriving. This success story is the subject of “Big Blue Live,” a three-night television special that begins on Monday. PBS and the BBC are producing the show, which airs from 8 to 9 pm. Despite the successes in Monterey Bay, oceans throughout the world are […]

Ocean Acidification & Tortugas Tide Gauge

One of the biggest threats to marine organisms is the phenomenon known as OCEAN ACIDIFICATION where because of increased CO2 in our waters, due to the burning of fossil fuels, has caused the ocean to become more acidic. This increase in acidity inhibits the ability for many corals and mollusks, including oysters and clams, in building their shells. This could result in coral reefs eroding and shellfish fisheries collapsing. AND As ocean levels rise the relative sea level rise is different for different locations; that is why the National Park Service is installing a TORTUGAS TIDE GAUGE to monitor sea […]