Friday, February 6, 2015

Ocean Acidification is Urgent Threat to Maine's Marine Economy

A Maine Report warns of a threat of ocean acidification to their marine life.  CO2 is being absorbed by the oceans as well as by the atmosphere.  The result for the oceans is acidification.  A similar acidification of the oceans occurred during the Paleocene/Eocene boundary resulting in the largest loss of sealife in the history of our planet. 

The report, released Thursday by a commission charged with studying the impacts ocean acidification has on Maine’s marine environment creatures — including lucrative lobsters and other crustaceans — states that, for Maine and its seafood industry, addressing ocean acidification is an “urgent” matter.


The problem is that without immediately doing something about the CO2 being poured into the biosphere at this time, it will be too late.  It is probably already too late.

The commission spells out six goals in the report that Maine should meet if it wants to seriously address ocean acidification. The first is to invest in more research on ocean acidification and how it’s affecting Maine’s seafood industry, and the others include reducing carbon dioxide emissions, finding ways for Maine to mitigate and adapt to ocean acidification, and strengthening efforts to limit runoff from farms and other sources. The commission also is recommending that Maine set up a permanent council that will continue to study ocean acidification and advise lawmakers on the best ways to address it.
What their studies will find out is that it is too late.  It is the fate of the human race with regard to global warming and ocean acidification that they will find out that they waited too long to do anything about it.