Since the start of the Industrial Revolution, sea surface water has dropped by an average of about 0.1pH unit (NOAA PMEL). How much change can this 0.1pH unit cause? From collapsing coral reefs to damaged diatoms, and even in the oyster industry here in the Pacific Northwest, we’re beginning to find out that this seemingly small change correlates to wide-scale disruption of the marine ecosystem and dependent industries. Come discuss the cause and impact of ocean acidification at Ada’s Technical Books (425 15th Ave. E) this Wednesday, Feb. 4th at 7:30 PM.
For a primer on ocean acidification, and the source of the data cited above, visit the website of NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory.