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Ocean Acidification Damage Imminent

It’s an issue that we’ve been writing about here for quite some time: Ocean acidification. It’s one of the big threats that makes the term climate change a more appropriate term for the human impact on the environment than just global warming.

But then, we’re just Irregular Times. That makes us, we know, irregular. So, maybe you need to hear a more authoritative voice on the subject, a voice like the Ocean Acidification Network. That’s an organization that’s working with the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

That organization sponsored a scientific symposium in 2008, and from that symposium, 155 scientists from 26 different countries worked together to produce a science-based statement on ocean acidification. Read it. Among its conclusions is that “severe damages are imminent”.

Are you ready to pay attention to this issue yet?

3 comments to Ocean Acidification Damage Imminent

  • Tom

    You should direct this to the corporate dumpers and Big Agribusiness that does most of the on-going damage. It also comes from the soaps we use (which are manufactured by non-caring corporations) to wash ourselves, our clothes, carpets and cars. Pollution (especially carbon dioxide) is another main cause so don’t forget to notify the coal industry and our electrical generation system.

    In the end, i think it’s far too late. We should have been working on this stuff since the 1960’s, but the same factors and players who evaded and avoided doing anything about it then are the same ones as now – CORPORATE GREED. Sure everyone can do their small part by adopting a greener lifestyle, but if the giant corporate sector doesn’t mend its ways (yesterday) we really have no chance to stem the coming ecological damage: droughts and floods, scarce resources (example:water wars), an over-fished and polluted ocean (don’t forget about the continental sized rubbish and garbage pile floating in the Pacific Ocean), the continuing rise of anti-biotic resistant and air-borne diseases, famine, plagues and human damage as a result.

    Enjoy your last years while continuing to do your best (as i will) to beat these problems so that MAYBE the human race will live to do it right in the future.

    Look at the James Lovelock (of Gaia fame) article in last weeks Newscientist magazine for his opinion (he predicts that by 2100 there may be one billion people left from the coming mass die-off of humanity). The IPCC has consistently downplayed their predictions so as not to panic the world, which means they’re basically lying to us about how bad it actually is! Many of their stated predictions for the future have already come to pass or are way off – too slow! – (especially regarding the melting time of glaciers and the Arctic and Antarctic ice fields).

  • Anonymous

    Czech President Vaclav Klaus, pictured here on January 1, 2009, took aim at…

    Czech President Vaclav Klaus took aim at climate change campaigner Al Gore on Saturday in Davos in a frontal attack on the science of global warming.

    “I don’t think that there is any global warming,” said the 67-year-old liberal, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the European Union. “I don’t see the statistical data for that.”

    Referring to the former US vice president, who attended Davos this year, he added: “I’m very sorry that some people like Al Gore are not ready to listen to the competing theories. I do listen to them.

    “Environmentalism and the global warming alarmism is challenging our freedom. Al Gore is an important person in this movement.”

    Speaking on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum, he said that he was more worried about the reaction to the perceived dangers than the consequences.

    “I’m afraid that the current crisis will be misused for radically constraining the functioning of the markets and market economy all around the world,” he said.

    “I’m more afraid of the consequences of the crisis than the crisis itself.”

    Klaus makes no secret of his climate change scepticism — he is also a fierce critic of the European Union — and has branded the world’s top panel of climate experts, the UN’s IPCC, a smug monopoly.

    • So, Klaus is an ignoramus. What’s YOUR opinion?

      You want to tell me how the wars fueled by climate change, the poverty, the coastal damage, the depletion of marine resources are NOT “challenging our freedom”?

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