Great post over at Daily Kos about some tentative steps by EPA to regulate greenhouse gases using the Clean Water Act. Oceans absorb roughly 1/4 of anthropogenic CO2. The dissolved CO2 then forms carbonic acid, which lowers the pH of the seawater, which then causes (among other things) mass die-off of coral.
Coral reefs are home to about 25% of marine species. When they go, everything goes. We don’t hear as much about ocean acidification as we should. Maybe now we will. In any event, if the agency goes forward with this initiative, we’ll certainly be hearing plenty of caterwauling from the deniers.
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