The Ecologist published an article titled Ocean acidification: the facts on December 10th, 2009.  Ocean acidification is being caused by our carbon dioxide emissions, which when it dissolves in ocean waters produces carbonic acid.  Species under the most danger from the acidification are corals, crabs, lobsters, clams and oysters. 

The article states that “one quarter of all marine species depend on coral reefs for homes, nurseries, feeding grounds and spawning sites.” The marine food chain is in danger as well, as the acidification threatens tiny pteropods, tiny swimming snails that many larger species depend on for food.

The article continues: “The cause of ocean acidification is man-made carbon dioxide emissions, produced mainly by the burning of fossil fuels for transport (cars, buses, trains, ships, planes), by some industrial processes, and the production of electricity (coal, oil and gas power plants).”

It is suggested that to stop the progress of acidification, the carbon dioxide emissions have to be stablized at 350 ppm or less.  My research indicates that current co2 levels are at about 390 ppm.  The following website lists co2 levels over time:

We need to go to solar and wind, people, and don’t get me started on the dangers of nuclear power plants.

The following article discusses what we may expect to see taking over our oceans as they become more acidic and the current food chain dependant sea life begins to die out:

Anyone for jellyfish sandwiches?  I have seen several articles in recent months stating the problem that large stinging jellyfish have become to swimmers.  Lets snap it up people, and actually DO something. 

George Carlin said: “The planet is fine, the people are fucked.”  Well, I suppose mother earth doesn’t care if her oceans are populated by big jellyfish or cute porpoises and dolphines, life is all the same to her and there have been stranger sea creatures populating her oceans in the millenia since she formed oceans.

Remember Mae West: “When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I’ve never tried before.“(1892-1980)  Here’s a profound statement from some guy named Mark Franklin: “Only two things in life are certain, death and that twinkies will out last you.”

Remember, we may only be “pawns in the game of life”, but we refuse to let the bastards win.

A hamster who knows who her parents are.