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Global Warming Debate: 11 Quotes From Those Who Believe in Ocean Acidification

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Ocean acidification, is the term applied to chemical shifts in large bodies of water caused by C02 emissions. It comes as a result of the continuing decrease of pH (acidity), and has been scientifically linked to higher amounts of C02 in the atmosphere. Oceans, rivers and lakes absorb roughly 30 to 40 percent of released C02.

But like other facets of the global warming/climate change debate, opinions differ as to whether such a phenomenon is happening around the world.

Here are 11 quotes from people who believe in ocean acidification:

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1. "There is sometimes quarrel and debate about complex modeling of climate and atmospheric projections, but evidence of ocean acidification is simple to measure and understand. Indeed, even the small noisy chorus of climate change deniers and corporate polluters is noticeably quiet on the issue of ocean acidification because they simply cannot explain away the facts." - Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), during a December 2012 speech on the Senate floor.

2. "Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the acidity of surface ocean waters has increased by about 30 percent. This increase is the result of humans emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and hence more being absorbed into the oceans. The amount of carbon dioxide absorbed by the upper layer of the oceans is increasing by about 2 billion tons per year." - NASA

3. "Ocean acidification — the excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that is turning the oceans increasingly acid — is a slow but accelerating impact with consequences that will greatly overshadow all the oil spills put together. The warming trend that is CO2-related will overshadow all the oil spills that have ever occurred put together." - American marine biologist, explorer and lecturer Sylvia Earle, in a May 2010 Q&A with The New York Times.

4. "The effects of acidification are hard to predict. At the very least life is likely to get much more difficult for species with carbonate shells, which includes some of the most important primary producers in the sea, the phytoplankton that sustain food webs and release life-giving oxygen. Any fall in the rate of plankton production would reduce the snow of organic debris that sinks from sunlit surface layers to the deep sea. Deep-sea communities survive on meager handouts from above, and failure in supply would shrink their numbers." - Professor Callum Roberts, whose book, "An Unnatural History of the Sea" contains a chapter about ocean acidification. The above except was from a piece he wrote for a May 2012 piece for Newsweek.

5. "It is well established among researchers that the uptake of increased amounts of carbon dioxide will make ocean water more acidic as the gas dissolves to create carbonic acid. Ocean chemistry is changing 100 times more rapidly than in the 650,000 years that preceded the modern industrial era and since the late 1980s, researchers at Scripps Oceanography and others have recorded an overall drop in the pH of the oceans from 8.16 to 8.05." - Prof. Andrew Dickson, a marine chemist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, in January 2009, as reported by the UC San Diego News Center.

6. "The changes that we're undergoing now and will continue into the future, unless we reduce our CO2 emissions, probably not have been seen for 50 to 60 million years. So it's the rate of change, it's that speed as well as the degree of change, is absolutely astounding." - Carol Turley, an expert on ocean acidification from Plymouth Marine Laboratory, according to Earthsky.

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7. "Already ocean pH has decreased by about 30 percent and if we continue emitting CO2 at the same rate by 2100 ocean acidity will increase by about 150 percent, a rate that hasn't been experienced for at least 400,000 years. Such a monumental alteration in basic ocean chemistry is likely to have wide implications for ocean life, especially for those organisms that require calcium carbonate to build shells or skeletons." - The UK Ocean Acidification Research Programme (UKOA).

8. "At present, ocean chemistry is changing at least 100 times more rapidly than it has changed during the 650,000 years preceding our industrial era. And, if current carbon dioxide emission trends continue, computer models show that the ocean will continue to undergo acidification, to an extent and at rates that have not occurred for tens of millions of years" - Dr. Richard Feely, an oceanographer at the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, wrote in a paper entitled: "Carbon Dioxide and our Ocean Legacy."

9. "Ocean acidification is largely an invisible, creeping environmental problem. As such, coral reef managers rarely consider it a feasible management target ... Researchers suggest, however, that by the middle of the century, reefs will be unable to survive in many regions due to ocean acidification. Recent studies indicate that ocean acidification could represent an equal or perhaps even greater threat to marine life and human communities than global warming." - Dr. Lizzie McLeod, of The Nature Conservancy.

10. "Evidence gathered by scientists around the world over the last few years suggests that ocean acidification could represent an equal — or perhaps even greater threat — to the biology of our planet than global warming ... The resulting acidification will impact many forms of sea life, especially organisms whose shells or skeletons are made from calcium carbonate, like corals and shellfish. It may interfere with the reproduction of plankton species which are a vital part of the food web on which fish and all other sea life depend." - Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and The University of Queensland, as reported by Science Daily.

11. "The anthropogenic rise in atmospheric CO2 is driving fundamental and unprecedented changes in the chemistry of the oceans. This has led to changes in the physiology of a wide variety of marine organisms and, consequently, the ecology of the ocean ... We argue that ocean conditions are already more extreme than those experienced by marine organisms and ecosystems for millions of years, emphasizing the urgent need to adopt policies that drastically reduce CO2 emissions." - Dr. Carles Pelejero of the Catalan Institute of Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA), wrote as the lead author of a 2010 paper.

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