Thursday, June 18, 2015

It's coming...

New study shows Arctic Ocean rapidly becoming more corrosive to marine species | EurekAlert! Science News

New research by NOAA, University of Alaska, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the journal Oceanography shows that surface waters of the Chukchi and Beaufort seas could reach levels of acidity that threaten the ability of animals to build and maintain their shells by 2030, with the Bering Sea reaching this level of acidity by 2044.
"Our research shows that within 15 years, the chemistry of these waters may no longer be saturated with enough calcium carbonate for a number of animals from tiny sea snails to Alaska King crabs to construct and maintain their shells at certain times of the year," said Jeremy Mathis, an oceanographer at NOAA's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory and lead author. "This change due to ocean acidification would not only affect shell-building animals but could ripple through the marine ecosystem."


Anonymous said...

This sounds similar to the IPCC comment that Glaciers would melt by 2035.

Steve said...

That was, if I recall correctly, literally a typo (one that should have caught, of course, but nothing like this study.)