Could declining phytoplankton levels actually become the most devastating effect of global warming?

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    In the long term, you might be right. The complete collapse of our ocean fisheries could starve a terrifying percentage of the world.

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    ‎..:: “Every day, 70 MILLION TONS of CO2 are released into Earth’s atmosphere. ( remaining in the atmosphere for thousands of years ) 

    ..:: “Every day, 20 MILLION TONS of that CO2 are absorbed into the OCEANS, thereby increasing the overall ACIDITY of the OCEANS. 

    By 2100, Ocean acidity will increase another 150 to 200 hundred percent. 

    This is a dramatic change in the acidity of the oceans. And it has a serious impact on our ocean ecosystems; in particular, it has an impact on any species of calcifying organism that produces a calcium carbonate SHELL. 
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    http://www.ClimateWatch.NOAA.gov/video/2010/origin-impacts-ocean-acidification

    ..:: “These are changes that are occurring far too fast for the oceans to correct naturally, said Dr Richard Feely with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

    ..:: “Fifty-five million years ago when we had an event like this (and that took over 10,000 years to occur), it took the oceans over 125,000 years to recover, just to get the chemistry back to normal,” he told BBC News.

    ..:: “It took two to 10 million years for the organisms to re-evolve, to get back into a normal situation.

    ..:: “So what we do over the next 100 years will have implications for ocean ecosystems from tens of thousands to millions of years. That’s the implication of what we’re doing to the oceans right now.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17088154

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    http://ecodelmar.org/phytoplankton
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    it’s now or never…

     

     

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