One of the leading talking points of the climatistas is that we’re going to turn to oceans into giant acid vats that will melt your toes off if we don’t turn over our car keys to Al Gore. Well, Science magazine this week reports a whole lot of cold salt water on the theory. Here’s the full squib:
Resilience of the oceans revealed
Earth will witness a massive change in ocean acidification in this century. Ocean acidification adversely affects marine biodiversity and biogeochemistry. Dissolved organic matter (DOM) is especially important for its role in storing roughly 700 Gt of carbon. Zark et al. used large mesocosms suspended in a Swedish fjord to measure DOM response to acidification likely to be experienced in the year 2100. Encouragingly, despite enormously complex system dynamics, DOM in acidified mesocosms rarely differed from that in controls. We’re not necessarily off the hook, but at least carbon stored in DOM may withstand the insult of acidification that our excessive generation of CO2 will create in this century.
Apparently the paper this is based on hasn’t been published yet. I turned up two links to longer abstracts, here and here.
The climatistas will have to go back to boiling frogs or something.
P.S. Of course, it is possible that scientists will figure out ways to de-carbonize the ocean, such as is described in this research report about experiments with nanotechnology bots that would do just that. You can be sure that if this idea is at all practical, environmentalists will oppose it.
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