Global Warming, Melting Ice, Soot, and Acidification, Part 3

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 17:42 PM
March 7, 2012

One more issue on the increasingly dire impact of the modern industrial revolution on the world’s oceans:  acidification!  According to an international team of researchers, ocean acidification from human carbon emissions is at the worse point in 300 million years.  And again, the culprit is Global Warming.

 Reporting on the findings of that international team, AFP News writes that oceans are more vulnerable to Global Warming now “because they soak up excess carbon dioxide from the air which turns the waters more acidic, a state that can kill corals, mollusks and other forms of reef and shell organisms.”

 Also speaking on the research team’s report, SPX News says:  “The oceans act like a sponge to draw down excess carbon dioxide from the air; the gas reacts with seawater to form carbonic acid, which over time is neutralized by fossil carbonate shells on the seafloor.”

 But Global Warming rushing CO2 into oceans, depletes the carbonate ions that corals, mollusks and some plankton need for reef and shell-building.  In fact, from their studies of paleoceanographic reports, including fossils on the sea bed, the team made up of scientists from the United States, Britain, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands, determined that “the current rate of ocean acidification is at least 10 times faster than it was 56 million years ago.”

 Barbel Honisch, a paleoceanographer at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, lead author of the team’s report, compares ocean acidification eons ago to what is happening today:  “We know that life during past ocean acidification events was not wiped out — new species evolved to replace those that died off.  But if industrial carbon emissions continue at the current pace, we may lose organisms we care about — coral reefs, oysters, salmon.”

 Andy Ridgwell of Bristol University, co-author of the research team’s report adds:  “The geological record suggests that the current acidification is potentially unparalleled in at least the last 300 million years of Earth history, and raises the possibility that we are entering an unknown territory of marine ecosystem change.”

 Richard Feely, oceanographer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says of the reports: “These studies give you a sense of the timing involved in past ocean acidification events––[they] have significant implications.”

 Thus, it is clear that, just as man’s greed continues to kill animals on earth through poaching, land encroachment, species transfers, etc., man’s greed also affects the ocean through Global Warming.  But, whether on land or in the seas, these animals are protected by covenant with God:  “Let the heaven and earth praise him, the seas, and every thing that moveth therein (Psalm 69: 34).”  And Bible prophecies promise God’s judgment on those who destroy sea life!

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