BY Maddy Janakis
Ocean acidification could be called 'Global warming’s evil twin. Humans have put millions upon millions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. While the atmosphere has changed drastically, the ocean has taken on the most of the burden, acting as a carbon sink to the earth. As the ocean absorbs more carbon it creates a chemical reaction, becoming more acidic. This is happening at a more rapid than any other time in the last 65 million years. Overall the ocean has become 30% more acidic, with 15% of change happening since 1990 (Vince 2014, 164). If these numbers sound alarming, they should. These changes are so fast and drastic that scientists aren’t entirely sure what will happen to our oceans.
Students in Jess' ENV 151 Introduction to Sustainability write blog posts on a sustainability-related topic of their choice.