Large section of Arctic Ocean is six times more acidic than 20 years ago

March 16, 2017 by  
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Ocean acidification is increasing rapidly in the Arctic Ocean . New research from an international team reveals between the 1990’s and 2010, the area of acidified water expanded northward by around 300 nautical miles from near Alaska nearly up to the North Pole . The depth of acidified waters hiked up too, from around 325 feet to more than 800 feet. 13 scientists from institutions in China, Sweden, and the United States scrutinized data from the 1990’s up through 2010 to see how acidification has escalated in the Arctic Ocean, and they found both area and depth of acidified waters spread. Acidity in the area is six times greater than it was 20 years ago. Paper co-author Wei-Jun Cai of the University of Delaware said in a statement, “The Arctic Ocean is the first ocean where we see such a rapid and large-scale increase in acidification, at least twice as fast as that observed in the Pacific or Atlantic oceans.” The journal Nature Climate Change published their research online in late February. Related: Melting Arctic Seas are Turning into Giant Pools of Acid, Researchers Warn There are a few possible reasons for such rapid acidification. One is the lack of summer sea ice ; water is exposed to the atmosphere for lengthier periods of time now and therefore has more time to absorb acidifying gas like carbon dioxide . Currents in the atmosphere have also sent Pacific Ocean water, which tends to be more acidic, into the Canada Basin. Co-author Richard Feely of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the combination of those two phenomenon likely led to the speedy acidification. Naturally the news isn’t great for marine life. Feely said mussels, clams, and small sea snails may have a hard time maintaining or building their shells in acidified waters. As sea snails in particular are an important source of food in the Arctic food web, sustaining herring and salmon, their decline could impact the rest of the marine ecosystem . Via the University of Delaware and the Toronto Star Images via Pixabay and Tammy Beeson/University of Delaware

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Climate change is destroying the planet at a rate unseen in the last 66 million years

March 22, 2016 by  
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Research has given new clues to understanding the Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), a catastrophic world-warming event that took place 56 million years ago. The data shows the mysterious rise of atmospheric carbon took place over a relatively short period of time, killing huge swaths of marine organisms in the process. Now, according to an alarming story in the Washington Post , modern civilization is pumping out carbon at 10 times that rate. Read the rest of Climate change is destroying the planet at a rate unseen in the last 66 million years

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New Maps Show the Price World Oceans Pay for Sucking Up Our CO2

November 12, 2014 by  
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We should be thankful for our oceans. In addition to providing us with food and recreation and a host of other services, they absorb up to one quarter of our carbon dioxide emissions. As a result, climate change is not nearly as bad as it might be. But they, and the marine creatures that live in them, also pay a tremendous price for this inadvertent favor: acidification . Motherboard Vice reports that our oceans are 30 percent more acidic today than they were 200 years ago, and now for the first time, we know which oceans are acidifying at a faster rate than others. Tara Takahashi from Columbia University and his team used four decades of data to map how acidity levels vary across the world’s oceans; their research appeared in the August issue of the journal Marine Chemistry . Read the rest of New Maps Show the Price World Oceans Pay for Sucking Up Our CO2 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , CO2 emissions , Columbia University , Environment , global warming , maps , Marine Chemistry , News , ocean acidification , ocean acidification maps , ocean warming , Taro Takahashi

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The CO2 Increase Rate Has Reached a Three Decade High

September 10, 2014 by  
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You would hope that will all of the talk about climate change and all of the positive efforts that people are making that CO2 levels would at least be holding steady, if not dropping. But, no such luck. The rate at which CO2 levels have been climbing has not only increased, but from 2012-2013 they actually climbed faster than any other time in nearly 3 decades. At this rate, we will reach a carbon level that is positively dangerous in no time. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of The CO2 Increase Rate Has Reached a Three Decade High Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2014 carbon levels , 2014 CO2 levels , 350 ppm carbon , 400ppm carbon , carbon increase , carbon increase rate , carbon level increase , carbon level increase rate , carbon levels , carbon ocean acidification , carbon oceans , carbon rate , CO2 level increase , CO2 level increase rate , CO2 levels , CO2 ocean acidification , CO2 rate , global warming rate , ocean acidification

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Methane-Producing Bacteria May Have Caused Earth’s Largest Mass Extinction

April 1, 2014 by  
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Scientists have identified five mass extinctions over the course of the Earth’s history. While many are familiar with the cataclysmic event that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, the most dramatic die-off happened during the Permian 252 million years ago. According to research from MIT , a microbe named Methanosarcina may have been responsible for the demise of 90 percent of marine species and 70 percent of land vertebrates. The tiny organisms multiplied in such numbers that they were able to bombard the atmosphere with methane , causing the oceans to acidify and turn the climate into a hostile environment for life. Read the rest of Methane-Producing Bacteria May Have Caused Earth’s Largest Mass Extinction Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: archaea , Biodiversity , CO2 , Dinosaur , global warming , greenhouse gas , greg fournier , mass extinction , methane , methanosarcina , microbes , microorganisms , MIT , ocean acidification , permian , siberia , volcanic activity        

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Document Reveals That SeaWorld Gives its Orcas Anti-Depressants And Psychoactive Drugs

April 1, 2014 by  
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As if SeaWorld didn’t have enough bad press in the wake of the shocking documentary Blackfish , a document obtained by Buzzfeed reveals that the marine park gives its whales psychoactive drugs and anti-depressants. According to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice affidavit , SeaWorld’s whale trainers give their orcas benzodiazepine, which has a valium-like effect on the mammals. Read the rest of Document Reveals That SeaWorld Gives its Orcas Anti-Depressants And Psychoactive Drugs Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: anti-depressants , benzodiazepine , blackfish , captive whale , MarineLand , orcas , PETA , psychoactive drugs , SeaWorld , whales        

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The World’s Coral Reefs May Become Extinct by 2100, Warn Scientists

December 24, 2012 by  
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Dinosaurs and the Dodo could soon have an unexpected companion in the annals of extinction. A recent study by scientists at the Carnegie Institution of Science reveals that all of the world’s coral reefs could be dead or dying within the century if carbon dioxide emissions continue along their current trend. Carbon emissions have already lowered the ocean’s pH-level by 0.1 point and the problem is only getting worse, which could spell disaster for coral. Read the rest of The World’s Coral Reefs May Become Extinct by 2100, Warn Scientists Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Carbon Emissions Impact , Carnegie Institute for Science , coral reef threatened , Coral Reefs Extinction , Global Warming Impacts , ocean acidification , pollution killing sealife , Reefs Dying

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The World’s Oceans Are Acidifying Faster Than in the Past 300 Million Years Due to Emissions

March 2, 2012 by  
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Researchers at Columbia University released a report yesterday detailing their discovery that human-generated emissions are causing the world’s oceans to acidify faster than they have in the past 300 million years (a period that includes four extinction cycles). The oceans naturally act as a carbon sponge – the water soaks up CO2, turns it into carbonic acid, and then fossils carbonate shells on the ocean floor to neutralize it. However, the researchers found that recently, because of rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the oceans have been absorbing carbon too quickly and the fossils on the ocean floor have not been able to neutralize it. The over abundance of carbon in the oceans has led to a drastic acidification process that is depriving ocean organisms of carbonate ions that they need to survive. Read the rest of The World’s Oceans Are Acidifying Faster Than in the Past 300 Million Years Due to Emissions Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon dioxide emissions , carbon dioxide levels , Columbia University , ocean acidification , ocean acidification levels , ocean carbon levels , ocean carbon sponge , ocean life , ocean organisms , ocean organisms extinction

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Modern and Minimalist Hungarian Home is Elegant in Its Simplicity

March 2, 2012 by  
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Completed in a Hungarian town in 2011, this modern home is an example of how sometimes, simplicity is best. The two-tone house, designed by Bauer Polla Architects , was constructed on a parcel of land lined with grapevines, with a nearby mountain acting as a scenic backdrop. Aside from the dark gray and wood-grain paneling on the exterior, the sheet metal that covers the roof and the simple white plastered surfaces, the home is devoid of much decoration and its straightforward floorplan makes the most of the available space. + Bauer Polla READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bauer polla , Eco Architecture , eco design , green architecture , green design , hungarian home , minimal home , minimalist architecture , sustainable design

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Carmina Campus Recycles Mini Roadster Parts Into Luxury Handbags

March 2, 2012 by  
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Fans of the Mini Roadster will get a kick out of Carmina Campus ‘s new line of the eco-friendly purses made from actual Mini parts ! The upcycled line, which was launched at  Milan Fashion Week is called the  Carmina Campus for Mini collection and is crafted from scrap materials from the production of everyone’s favorite pint-sized convertible. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 10 Corso Como , Carmina Campus , eco friendly bags , eco-fashion , Ethical Fashion , green fashion , Milan Fashion Week , Mini , Mini Roadster , recycled accessories , recycled bags , recycled fashion , sustainable bags , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable style , upcycled accessories , upcycled bags , upcycled fashion

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