Arctic Ocean ‘acidifying rapidly’
By Roger Harrabin Environment analyst, BBC News
Saunders Island and Wolstenholme Fjord with Kap Atholl in the background is shown in this picture taken during an Operation IceBridge survey flight in April 2013
6 May 2013 Last updated at 02:43 ET
The Arctic seas are being made rapidly more acidic by carbon-dioxide emissions, according to a new report.
Scientists from the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) monitored widespread changes in ocean chemistry in the region.
They say even if CO2 emissions stopped now, it would take tens of thousands of years for Arctic Ocean chemistry to revert to pre-industrial levels.
Many creatures, including commercially valuable fish, could be affected.
They forecast major changes in the marine ecosystem, but say there is huge uncertainty over what those changes will be.
It is well known that CO2 warms the planet, but less well-known that it also makes the alkaline seas more acidic when it is absorbed from the air.
…World’s doom guaranteed…! even if CO2 stopped now…! 25% of Worlds reserves in crude oil and gas in the Arctic…!
…i suppose at the rate of usage of “burning of O2 with mineral and organic fuels” and the mere existence of Crude Oil and Coal, and the greed of making money from them more than their mere “survival”, can ensure a World Ecosystem Collapse, sooner or later…!
Capitalism is based on risk and un-surety…! and the need of this risk, heightens the risk of their known existence…!
Plus with this list of “pearls and gems”, destruction is guaranteed:
[[[“… [.] The Arctic region contains a vast ice-covered ocean roughly centered on the Earth’s geographic North Pole
[.] The Sun doesn’t rise at all on the shortest day of the year within the Arctic Circle
[.] Humans have inhabited the Arctic region for thousands of years, and the current population is four million
[.] Geologists estimate the Arctic may hold up to 25% of the world’s remaining oil and natural gas
If riches were not based solely on natural resources, but a common controlled World supply of currencies, there would not be poor, nor the need of greed and excessive riches…!