ocean acidification

The Ocean Has Become So Acidic it’s Dissolving Baby Oyster Shells

The Ocean Has Become So Acidic it’s Dissolving Baby Oyster Shells

When we talk about the acidification of the oceans, we sometimes focus on the impact that it will have in the future. But for Taylor Shellfish Farms, a fifth-generation farm in Oregon that harvests

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Could Hyper-Evolved ‘Designer’ Coral Reefs Survive in Warmer Oceans?

Could Hyper-Evolved ‘Designer’ Coral Reefs Survive in Warmer Oceans?

Coral reefs aren’t just home to a whole ecosystem of sea life, they also protect nearby land from wave surges - but the 2014 National Climate Assessment reports that reefs are in big trouble.

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Methane-Producing Bacteria May Have Caused Earth’s Largest Mass Extinction

Methane-Producing Bacteria May Have Caused Earth’s Largest Mass Extinction

Scientists have identified five mass extinctions over the course of the Earth's history. While many are familiar with the cataclysmic event that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, the most

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10 Million Scallops Killed by Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels in the Ocean

10 Million Scallops Killed by Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels in the Ocean

Scallop photo from Shutterstock British Columbian company Island Scallops has reported a loss of three year’s worth of product due to high ocean acidity caused by carbon dioxide pollution. Around 10

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Earth Could be Two Times More Sensitive to CO2 Than Previously Thought

Earth Could be Two Times More Sensitive to CO2 Than Previously Thought

Image via Shutterstock As levels of CO2 in the atmosphere rise, scientists are grappling with a mountain of data to form an accurate picture of the future. Scientists from the Geological Society of

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X Prize Announced to Save Oceans from Deadly Acidification and Rising CO2 Levels

X Prize Announced to Save Oceans from Deadly Acidification and Rising CO2 Levels

The X Prize aims to tackle the world's greatest challenges by creating 'large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prize competitions' to encourage today's greatest inventors to use their genius for the

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There is Still Time to Slow Shell-Melting Ocean Acidification, Say Researchers

There is Still Time to Slow Shell-Melting Ocean Acidification, Say Researchers

Image via Shutterstock Researchers warn that rising concentrations of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere are gradually increasing acidification levels in our oceans as well. While this lower pH will

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The World’s Coral Reefs May Become Extinct by 2100, Warn Scientists

The World’s Coral Reefs May Become Extinct by 2100, Warn Scientists

Dinosaurs and the Dodo could soon have an unexpected companion in the annals of extinction. A recent study by scientists at the Carnegie Institution of Science reveals that all of the world’s coral

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Ocean Animals Are Dissolving Due to Rapid Acidification Caused by Carbon Emissions

Ocean Animals Are Dissolving Due to Rapid Acidification Caused by Carbon Emissions

A recent study has uncovered the first evidence that chemical changes in the world's oceans due to an influx of CO2 is causing the shells of some sea animals to dissolve. The study was conducted by the

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Washington Steps Up with a 42-Point Plan to Battle Ocean Acidification

Washington Steps Up with a 42-Point Plan to Battle Ocean Acidification

The acidification of the oceans has been increasing at an alarming rate as carbon dioxide released into the air alters the chemistry of the oceans. But Washington State isn’t taking it lying down. In

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Urban Reef: Jason deCaires Taylor Creates an Underwater Suburbia to Revive Cancun’s Struggling Coral Reefs

Urban Reef: Jason deCaires Taylor Creates an Underwater Suburbia to Revive Cancun’s Struggling Coral Reefs

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, carbon dioxide absorbed into the ocean from the atmosphere has already begun to reduce calcification rates in reef-building and

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The World’s Oceans Are Acidifying Faster Than in the Past 300 Million Years Due to Emissions

The World’s Oceans Are Acidifying Faster Than in the Past 300 Million Years Due to Emissions

Researchers at Columbia University released a report yesterday detailing their discovery that human-generated emissions are causing the world's oceans to acidify faster than they have in the past 300

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Solar Cells Made From Bioluminescent Jellyfish

Solar Cells Made From Bioluminescent Jellyfish

Swedish researchers have devised a way to turn bioluminescent jellyfish into solar cells. It works like this: the green fluorescent protein (GFP) that makes the Aequorea victoria glow is simply dripped

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