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Ocean Acidification

Ocean Acidification (OA) is a term used to describe changes to the chemistry of the ocean.

It occurs when carbon dioxide gas (or CO2) is absorbed by the ocean and reacts with seawater to produce acid. Although CO2 gas naturally moves between the atmosphere and the oceans, the increased amounts of CO2 gas emitted into the atmosphere, mainly as a result of human activities (e.g. burning fossil fuels), has been increasing the amount of CO2 absorbed by the ocean, which results in seawater that is more acidic.

Note: the water being more acidic does not mean its actually acid, rather it is less alkaline or base, seawater pH is typically limited to a range between 7.5 and 8.4 - with 7 being pH neutral.

EcoWho blog posts where 'ocean acidification' used:
  • Dueling Climate Reports
    In the interests of free speech I'm reposting this article so it gets better exposure.
  • Ocean acidification $15B NGO cash grab
    The NGO Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO) is after $15B upfront, then $5B a year to improve our ability to measure ocean acidification on the basis of a 0.1 change in pH from 8.2 to 8.1. This is monumental waste of money and we explain why.
News & Blog articles where 'ocean acidification' used:
  • The Total Myth of Ocean Acidification: Science! Edition
    Guest myth-busting by David Middleton From the American Association of Science of America [1]… Ocean acidification could boost shell growth in snails and sea urchins By Katie Camero Jul...
  • CO2 and ocean chemistry
    by Dr. Daniele Mazza Oceans cover about 71% of the earth surface, but their influence on climate change is not only due to high heat capacity of water , not only to the ocean’s water circulation, but to a fact which is widely underestimated : the...
    Author: Dr. Michael Chase, 16th May 2019 SCOPE This article describes the method and PRELIMINARY outcome of a relatively low cost “laboratory” (kitchen) experiment on the response of seawater pH to increases in atmospheric CO2. When additional...
  • Ocean Acidification Background Context
    This short post is drawn from the introductory section of essay Shell Games in my ebook Blowing Smoke, foreword from Prof. Judith Curry of Georgia Tech. The thrust of that essay was scientific misconduct by Fabricius concerning Milne Bay coral reefs and...
  • Salmon may lose the ability to smell danger as carbon emissions rise University of Washington
    From Eurkealert Public Release: 18-Dec-2018 The ability to smell is critical for salmon. They depend on scent to avoid predators, sniff out prey and find their way home at the end of their lives when they return to the streams where they hatched to spawn...
  • Chicken Little of the Sea Is Dissolving the Sea Floor!!! Run Away!!!
    Guest lampooning by David Middleton Hat tip to Latitude… Human activities are dissolving the seafloor by the Office of Communications Nov. 5, 2018 2:07 p.m. With increasing carbon dioxide from human activities, more acidic water is reaching the...
  • Researchers: Never Let the Press Office Quote You
    Guest Essay by Kip Hansen   There are many ways that today’s researchers can have their work misrepresented in the press, often in embarrassing ways.  The most common origin of these embarrassing gaffs is the university or institutional Press...
  • The Total Myth of Ocean Acidification, Part Deux: The Scientific Basis
    Guest essay by David Middleton Here’s a shocker… I’ve actually never seen Hot Shots! Part Deux.  As much as I love stupid comedies, I’ve never actually seen the movie.  But I do love to use the “part deux” bit…...
  • Coral seems to have its own strategy for adapting to ‘ocean acidification’
    From KING ABDULLAH UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY (KAUST) and the “don’t worry, nature always finds a way” department Coral tricks for adapting to ocean acidification A process that changes the regulation of genes could help...

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