The Other CO2 Problem
One hundred and thirty-five leading ocean scientists have released [ark | more] the Monaco Declaration to draw attention to the "other CO2 problem [search]". Carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas responsible for increases in global temperature and climate change, also causes ocean acidification [search]. Oceans have buffered the climate by absorbing some 25% of human released carbon dioxide, but as a result have already become 30% more acidic. This is interfering with the growth and health of shellfish and eating away at coral reefs, which will eventually affect marine food webs generally.
Ocean acidification is predicted to destroy most coral reefs by 2050, and substantially change commercial fish stocks, threatening food security and the fishing industry. This problem has seemingly come out of nowhere and is only now getting the attention it deserves. Should the human family fail to limit carbon dioxide emissions urgently and massively, we can expect not only terrestrial extreme weather, droughts, famines and sea rising; but also for global oceans to largely become slimy, lifeless, acidic cesspools. This is eerily reminiscent: Soylent green [search] is people.