Ocean acidification emerges as new climate threat

By Juliet Eilperin, Published: September 30, 2012, The Washington Post HOMER, Alaska — Kris Holderied, who directs the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Kasitsna Bay Laboratory, says the ocean’s increasing acidity is “the reason fishermen stop me in the grocery store.” “They say, ‘You’re with the NOAA lab, what are you doing on ocean acidification?’ ” Holderied […]

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Shipping Emissions ‘Rival CO2-Driven Ocean Acidification’

Shipping pollution from sulfur oxides (SOx) and nitrous oxides (NOx) along busy trade routes can equal carbon dioxide-driven ocean acidification, a study says. Sulfur in marine fuel oil and atmospheric nitrogen create SOx and NOx in the exhaust gases from ships. According to the research paper that will be published in the journal Geophysical Research […]

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How the Global Ocean Health Program Helps Seafood Producers to Confront Ocean Acidification

Since 2007, the Global Ocean Health program, a joint program of NFCC and the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, has been a pioneer in informing and preparing the seafood industry, coastal communities, and policy makers to respond effectively to ocean acidification. The Global Ocean Health program has hosted workshops for fishermen, seafood companies, growers, conservation and community […]

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Wash. state climate change bill signed into law

By PHUONG LE, Associated Press  Tuesday, April 2, 2013 SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law Tuesday a bill he championed that would study the best ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Under the measure, an independent consultant would review efforts to cut carbon emissions in Washington state and elsewhere. A newly created […]

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How climate change threatens the seas

Dan Vergano, USA TODAY March 28, 2013 Special report: USA TODAY will explore how climate change is affecting Americans in a series of stories this year. OYSTER BAY, Wash. — The tide rolls out on a chilly March evening, and the oystermen roll in, steel rakes in hand, hip boots crunching on the gravel beneath […]

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Climate change threatens seas, seafood

Shellfish affected by corrosive ocean water Mar 28, 2013 Bill Dewey of Shelton, Wash., and his colleagues have to watch water quality levels at their oyster hatchery to keep plumes of acidic water from affecting their harvest. / Scott Eklund/USA Today Written by Dan Vergan, USA Today FOSSIL FUELS MEAN ACIDIC OCEANS Since the start […]

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Marine Life on a Warming Planet

Since the beginning of the industrial era, humans have pumped increasing amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This has led not only to a warmer climate but also to significant changes in the chemistry of the oceans, which have long acted as a sink for carbon emissions but are being asked to absorb more […]

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What’s an Ocean Worth?

If you like oysters, it is time to pay attention to what is happening in Oregon. And even if you don’t like them, but care about the global food web that allows oysters to grow, reproduce and thrive, what’s happening Oregon should give you pause. Ocean acidification, a consequence of the oceans being overloaded with […]

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Algae and Puget Sound Acidification Linked

The ocean absorbs a large portion of the CO2 that we release into the atmosphere from our power plants and tail pipes. But when it gets there that CO2 makes the water more acidic and less hospitable for some creatures, like shellfish. In Puget Sound some shellfish hatcheries have already lost millions of oyster larvae […]

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