Ocean Acidity Is Changing Everything Fast: The Longterm Future Has Arrived

As the Seas Absorb More and More Carbon Dioxide, Marine Life Begins the Mass Die Off

Acidification of Dying oceansDying coral reefs are only one sign of the rapid decline of oceans

One of the challenges in comprehending the environmental collapse now enveloping the planet is that it always seems to be predicted for a somehow more manageable future. Surely there will be time to fix things once the global situation has become bad enough, and even the plunderers and their lackeys in government see the writing in the wall. But that is no longer a viable scenario. The End Times have begun*, and nowhere are they moving faster than in the rapid acidification of the oceans and the death of the creatures that live there. A series of recent reports suggests that the Armageddon predicted for the middle of the century has already begun in earnest, by some accounts 25 years ahead of schedule.

Scripps chart shows co2 levelsDying coral reefs are only one sign of the rapid decline of oceans

While those who get paid to create controversy over “global warming”** are aided to some degree by the complexity of the planetary climate, there is no debate about measuring CO2 content in the atmosphere and water. The content of Carbon Dioxide has been increasing rapidly for decades, more rapidly than during any previous geological period. The Scripps station at Mauna Loa has been measuring atmospheric CO2 since 1958. According to their website:

“The concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere are increasing at an accelerating rate from decade to decade. The latest atmospheric CO2 data is consistent with a continuation of this long-standing trend.”

The ocean absorbs CO2, which in the short term is a good thing. When water absorbs CO2, it becomes more acidic. This is measurable. When a marine habitat becomes more acidic, it begins to kill plants and animals that live in it. Among the more observable symptoms are coral reefs, which have gone into a precipitous decline in the past 20 years. Specialists in this area of study estimate that about 1/5 of existing reefs have been lost, with another 15 – 20% expected to die out in the next decade. Less than half of the planet’s reef systems are considered healthy. In addition to pH levels, coral reefs are being destroyed by warming waters, pollution and illegal harvesting.

Along with the reefs, many types of marine life are already showing the signs of the acidic water. For starters, see our report on the disappearance of oysters. Many other types of shell fish are forming soft shells, which bodes poorly for their long term survival. In addition, other species in the food change are beginning to show signs of serious duress, including the tiny krill that larger fish and marine mammals feed on. With decimation of the lower species well underway, the effects on the upper species is expected to combine with over harvesting to bring matters to near collapse.

Concurrent with the rapid increase in acidity, the planet’s seas are afflicted by declining oxygen levels, massive pollution from farming, plastic contamination and radical diversity imbalances due to overfishing. This is not only a sad thing, it’s an economic thing. A billion people rely on the oceans and seas for food and livelihood.

In 2011, marine scientists from institutions around the world gathered at Oxford University for a convocation of the International Programme on the State of the Ocean and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. The press releases from that event predicted a mass extinction of marine life. The news being reported this week is worse.

For other reports relating to the death of the oceans, see:

Koreans Use Drones to Ward Off Jellyfish Onslaught

  • Oyster exodus Pacific NorthwestFor a global perspective on the effects of climate destabilization, visit the CatMap Climate Change Map

    * Catmap officially announced the Beginning of the End Times in 2010
    ** And understand this: there are no global warming skeptics who do not have either 1) an economic interest in keeping fossil fuels burning or 2) a religious understanding that god is not going to permit the demise of the planet or 3) are stupid.

 

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