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Ocean acidification from human C02 output sparks crisis for Washington State shellfish industry


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Initial post: Nov 28, 2012 12:03:15 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 28, 2012 6:33:24 PM PST
Ehkzu says:
C02 poured into the atmosphere since 1750--thanks to the human population explosion and the industrial revolution--has dissolved so much C02 into the world's oceans that overall acidity has risen 30% in that timeframe.

So what? Well, shellfish need the ocean to be less acid--otherwise it kills the babies and interferes with shell growth when the shells use calcium carbonate.

Unfortunately for Washington State's large shellfish farming industry, a number of factors have brought the future to that area already, and the the state is spending millions on research to figure out if they can do something about it.

The same problem is affecting the world's coral reefs, which may exterminate them by mid-century, causing widespread famine in the tropical areas that depend on local fishing for subsistence.

You can read more about Washington State's shellfisheries problem here:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=washington-state-declares-war-on-ocean-acidification

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 9:26:01 AM PST
That's what comes from humans being shellfish.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 10:23:41 AM PST
The Weasel says:
arpard fazakas says:
That's what comes from humans being shellfish.
****
Boooo booooo booooo - just awful.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 10:35:24 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 28, 2012 10:37:05 AM PST
Rev Otter says:
<<just awful>>

tell him to clam up

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 10:45:47 AM PST
Isn't it, though? We really need to learn to be less shellfish, for the sake of the selfish.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 10:46:03 AM PST
Stop musseling me.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 10:49:32 AM PST
Rev Otter says:
sorry if i sounded crabby :3

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 10:50:39 AM PST
The Weasel says:
Oh yay you got a partner in Rev Otter now. You must be eel-lated.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 10:51:34 AM PST
The Weasel says:
Dear God somebody kelp me.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 10:57:11 AM PST
I hear they're going to have a lot of see-weed up in Washington State.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 10:59:15 AM PST
The Weasel says:
Just krill me now.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 10:59:23 AM PST
Rev Otter says:
we get along swimmingly

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 11:01:06 AM PST
Good one.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 11:01:20 AM PST
Do they still covet your pelt?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 11:06:50 AM PST
The Weasel says:
arpard fazakas says:
Do they still covet your pelt?
***
That's a little personal isn't it?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 11:10:55 AM PST
Can I touch it?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 11:13:17 AM PST
The Weasel says:
And on that note........bye-bye

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 6:28:26 PM PST
Bubba says:
Oh Jesus, that was bad.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 6:38:40 PM PST
Ehkzu says:
Notice how the Koch brothers' minions and dupes rarely comment on stuff like this that's substantive about global warming--and which focuses on the business implications?

Maybe that's a hint as to how to tackle climate change deniers instead of just contributing to their own bogus threads.

And what are they going to say--that Washington State's shellfish industry isn't scrambling to deal with global warming? That's a lot harder for them to deny than the less concrete 98% consensus of climate scientists.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012 6:17:57 AM PST
It's so smooth and glossy!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012 6:18:19 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 29, 2012 6:18:27 AM PST
No need to call me jesus. Arpard will suffice.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012 9:17:51 AM PST
Rev Otter says:
<<Oh Jesus, that was bad.>>

very subtle ichthys pun. +1

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012 9:20:16 AM PST
Bubba says:
I was wondering if it would be noticed.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012 11:00:06 AM PST
Ehkzu says:
Yes, it was piscing me off.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012 11:00:37 AM PST
:)
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