Climate change altering chemistry of the seas, way of life
All that carbon dioxide that humans have pumped into the atmosphere is doing more than heating up the planet. It is also increasing the acidity of the oceans, which threatens the survival of shell-forming creatures in the sea that are a vital part of the aquatic food chain. With a billion people on the planet dependent on the bounty of the seas for food, this will lead to catastrophic consequences.
This weekend, the Seattle Times takes an in-depth look at the growing problem of ocean acidification with reports from Alaska and the South Pacific. Check out the video below to see the repercussions for the folks who harvest oysters and crabs. And check out the Times’ articles and editorial online.