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Ocean giving up?

November 25, 2008
Could be.
clipped from www.ipsnews.net
CLIMATE CHANGE: Oceans Passing Critical CO2 Threshold
By Stephen Leahy

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Nov 24 (IPS) – An apparent rapid upswing in ocean acidity in recent years is wiping out coastal species like mussels, a new study has found.

“We’re seeing dramatic changes,” said Timothy Wootton of the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago, lead author of the study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study shows increases in ocean acidity that are more than 10 times faster than any prediction.


“It appears that we’ve crossed a threshold where the ocean can no longer buffer the effects of CO2 in the atmosphere,” Wootton told IPS.
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