Thursday, January 2, 2014

Palau: Ocean Acidification

As Reported by Public Radio International:
Scientists have found a group of corals in the Pacific island nation of Palau that live in water acidic enough to kill most other corals. Now they're hoping what they learn from the unusual reefs may help save others threatened by the increasing acidity of oceans around the world.

Ocean-acidification is real, it is happening globally, and it is caused by human beings. The proof is obvious, if indirect, that the oceans have increased in acidity from 8.2 to 8.1 on the pH-Scale since the beginning of the industrial revolution (pH is a Logarithmic-scale, this 0.1 change = about a 28% increase in acidity over 200 years, source NOAA).

Ocean Acidification Fact Sheet 

 This report was supported by the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous and compelling reporting about responses to social problems.

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