The Cleaning of the Atmosphere Destroys the Oceans
by EDion on October 16, 2015 - 9:47pm
In this article, Alfonso Mucci explains how oceans remove CO2 from the atmosphere, which affects aquatic ecosystems. This effect cleans the air, but pollutes bodies of water even more. Oceans come to be too acidic. Micro-organisms are at risk of becoming extinct, which in turn can deeply affect other species. The long-term repercussions are very hard to predict since gasified water descends to the bottom of the ocean very slowly. No one can know exactly what lies in the future for these ecosystems. An European scientist predicted over a century ago that this would happen. Since then, acidification of oceans has escalated by almost a third. Nobody has any proof that the acidic levels have ever been so high. This soaring level of acidification is, among others, the cause of the decreasing rate of coral growth. Corals are the home of several different species and ecosystems. Their growth rate is very important and climate change is very harmful to them as well as to other species. Other species’ health and survival are also deeply affected. Certain food chains are even at risk of collapsing completely. This, in turn, will have an impact on bigger fish and mammals which will have an impact on the human population after a while. Multiple species may become extinct because of climate change. Oceans have already absorbed a fourth of the atmospheric carbon and it is only a matter of time before it absorbs almost the entirety of it. The major problem of this is that it will take millions of years before oceans reach equilibrium again. All of this seems very tragic, but there exists solutions. As well as cutting back on carbon dioxide emissions, there are carbon capture technologies. A decrease in gas emissions would definitely benefit the oceans’ situation.
The state of the environment is getting to a critical point. Things need to change fast. I find the whole situation very selfish from our part since it is primarily our fault as humans. A lot of species and ecosystems are affected because of our actions. We need to start thinking about other living things instead of only our own wellbeing. Most people tell themselves that they will not make a difference if they change their way of acting, but if everyone keeps thinking this way the state of our planet will never change. Every action counts, no matter how small. Everyone needs to be a part of the change.