Catlin Went To The Wrong Pole

Turns out that Antarctica is the canary in the ocean acidification coal mine.

A second major consequence of carbon dioxide emission from human activities – ocean acidification – is also likely to take its toll. “The Southern Ocean is the canary in the coal mine with respect to ocean acidification.  This vulnerability is caused by a combination of ocean mixing patterns and low temperature enhancing the solubility of carbon dioxide,” noted co-author Dr. James McClintock of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA.

http://noc.ac.uk/

Monterey Bay Aquarium has measured no change in ocean pH, but why let actual data get in the way of a theory which generates lots of funding?

http://sanctuarymonitoring.org/regional_docs/monitoring_projects/100240_167.pdf

h/t to Marc Morano

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9 Responses to Catlin Went To The Wrong Pole

  1. suyts says:

    Very alarming trend!

  2. Anything is possible says:

    “Acidification” sounds so much more scary than “becoming less alkaline” which is what would be happening if CO2 were having any measurable effect of the pH of the oceans….

    If there was any clear scientific evidence whatsoever that increasing levels of CO2 were leading to environmental catastrophe, there would be no need for misrepresentations (polite word for lies) like these.

  3. Myron Mesecke says:

    “This vulnerability is caused by a combination of ocean mixing patterns and low temperature enhancing the solubility of carbon dioxide,”

    Does he realize he just admitted that warming isn’t going to cause ocean acidification?

  4. NoMoreGore says:

    I thought Prince what’s his face was the Canary, but he’s stubbornly refusing to keel over.

  5. Al Gored says:

    Why haven’t they realized that adjustments are required to correct that graph?

    In any case, Monterey Bay is just local. This is a global problem. Its too huge to even measure.

  6. Jimbo says:

    But, but if Antarctica melts it should reduce the PH. They are twisting themselves into knots. The human activity on Antarctica is from concerned green tourists and climate scientists throwing their garbage and shite all over the place. Remember the recent penguin tagging fiasco which reduced the ability of penguins to swim and hunt for food?

  7. Scott says:

    What’s great about that graph is it shows the variance of the pH to be on the order of 0.3 units over several years. So…how exactly will a slow drift of 0.05 units over many years kill everything off?

    -Scott

  8. glacierman says:

    When the ocean becomes acidic, call me.

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