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Acidic Oceans and the Lobster, Scallop, & Crab Industry

Today, experts predict pH declines in the world’s oceans of .4 units by the end of this century—a mere 85 years from now.

The oceans absorb over a quarter of the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The more we pollute, the more they absorb, and the more acidic they become. It’s unlikely that some marine life that we depend on will be able to adapt to a rate of acidification that is over ten times as fast as during the PETM.

Toxic Algae Killing off Sealife, Possible Threat to Humans

“One part of this organism’s life cycle is when it becomes a cyst, like a spore or seed that sits on the bottom,” she said. “When the environmental conditions become optimal — and we don’t know what those conditions are — these cysts can burst out of their little seed pods and come back to life. The worry is that when they bloom we get these giant red tides.”

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