A recent study published in Science Express by Dr. Kent Carpenter of Old Dominion University and a consortium of nearly thirty coral reef ecologists has determined that one-third of coral face increased extinction threat due to anthropogenic influences. Carpenter refers to the problem as the “the human meteor”.
Seawater chemistry is changing with the addition of fossil fuel CO2 to the atmosphere. This influx of CO2 is causing the world’s oceans to become more acidic, which is bad news for corals and other marine organisms that use calcium carbonate to build their skeletons and protective shells.
Spring is in the air. Spring Break is upon us, and the mind begins to wander… to the poles? Well, yes, because researchers are now predicting a seasonally ice-free Arctic by the year 2030. Break out the kayaks and sunscreen. It’s “Wild on, Nuuk.”