Increased carbon dioxide emissions are causing oceans worldwide to become more acidic, and new research suggests the Arctic Ocean is hit particularly hard. The oceans absorb between 25-30% of these emissions, which reacts to make the water more acidic. Colder water absorbs carbon dioxide more easily, and marine animals like oysters and other bivalves struggle […]
A guest editorial by Republican State Representative Holly Raschein from Florida highlights how ocean acidification could devastate the Florida Keys, and why she is motivated to proactively address the issue. You can read her comments here: http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2016/07/06/tackling-ocean-acidification-in-florida/#more-12385 Ocean acidification is the name for the process of the oceans becoming more acidic due to increased levels of […]
A study, led by London’s Imperial College and coauthored by researchers at nonprofit group 5 Gyres, found that between 15 trillion and 51 trillions pieces of plastic litters the world’s oceans, which is 3-10 times more than previously estimated. The studies were done by trawling nets, so this staggering total doesn’t include the microplastics that […]
An exhaustive EPA report issued on June 23, 2015, “Climate Change in the U.S. – Benefits of Global Action,” finds that reducing greenhouse gas emissions could prevent the deaths of thousands of Americans and save hundreds of billions of dollars.
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