Rising ocean acidity poses major threat to marine life

Rising acidity levels in the earth’s oceans are causing a serious threat to marine life, which Healthy Planet is helping to combat.

As levels of atmospheric CO2 climb, the amount of damaging gas absorbed by the earth’s oceans is at a worrying level. A staggering 85% of human CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels are absorbed into the ocean as water and air mix at the ocean’s surface. 530 billion tons of the gas is disposed of in this way and the worldwide rate is now at 1 million tons per hour.

The geochemical balance is changing due to oceans becoming acidified, but only recently scientists have begun to investigate the implications this is having on the earth and climate change. These natural changes are causing the mass extinction of several species throughout earth’s waters. The affect to marine life is relatively young at the moment yet organisms are already feeling the effects. Prime examples include shelled or skeletal structures made from calcium carbonate such as corrals, molluscs and many forms of plankton.

As carbon dioxide enters the oceans the reaction forms carbonic acid. This process harms not only our seafood but also smaller species which are vital to the worldwide food web. If these are wiped out the ripple up the food chain would affect fish, birds and mammals.

Healthy Planet is helping to battle this with their Plant a Tree Today (PATT) foundation.  The aim is to restore areas which have suffered deforestation. This will improve environmental conditions by capturing and storing carbon dioxide within plants, trees and the soil which would otherwise be present in the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide can be captured before or after fossil fuels are burned and stored within the earth.

What can we do? There are numerous options available whether you want to act independently or get your company involved.

Businesses can:

  • Form partnerships with PATT, not just with funding but through beneficial training and corporate events where your staff can do something positive.
  •  Gain skills and contacts through team building events which are positive to the environment.
  •  Reduce company operations that have a direct negative impact on the environment in relation to global warming.
  • Go carbon-free by identifying and reducing your company operations that have a negative impact on the environment.

Individuals can:

  • Get involved through local government by making your voice heard and affect legislation through representatives.
  • Raise awareness through fundraising
  • Take steps to go carbon free
  • Donate and volunteer with PATT

Many of us want to do something to help, and by getting involved with Healthy Planets PATT foundation we can make a real contribution. To get involved visit www.pattfoundation.org to find out how you can get involved.

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