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Discussions Discussion Climate Change Effects on the Ocean
Skyler W-US, Feb. 27, 2014

Hey, I’m Skyler, and I just want to start off by saying the going to the beach to enjoy the ocean is my favorite vacation I could ever take. I try and go every summer, or any time I can at all. It makes me sad to know that our oceans are beginning to be polluted and that our carbon dioxide output is ruining the oceans. I want to do everything that I can to help lower my emission level.

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Lily P-US, Feb. 25, 2014

Hey I’m Lily, and I grew up on an Island off the coast of Florida, so the ocean is very near and dear to my heart, a part of me in a way. I think after I discovered my affect on the ocean, and the detrimental consequences the ocean is facing due to human emissions I was even further inspired to do whatever I can to reduce my footprint and live more sustainably. Travel was the highest emission category for me, and I hope to reduce this in the future by moving back to a place (like the Island I lived on) where things are in walking/biking distance. I unfortunately have no way currently to travel besides car because of my location. But the realization of the danger the ocean, (and rest of the planet for that matter) is in, it has become even more important to me to relocate to somewhere that I can reduce my travel emissions and live way more sustainably.

Lily P-US
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  • Heidi B-USA Heidi B-USA Feb. 27, 2014
    Lily, I too grew up on an Island. As a kid growing up in Hawaii I was outside 24 hours of the day. You don't notice the affect that we have on the environment until you are actually outside in nature's playground and see that we do. It was not an uncommon thing to see trash in the ocean, but in reality it should be uncommon. We as a generation need to step up and educate people about our affect as humans on this planet.
  • Lily P-US Lily P-US Feb. 28, 2014
    Hello Heidi! It truly is heartbreaking when people have no regard and just pollute our oceans. What people don't realize is, even when they litter on the side of the road or something, that will find its way into our water systems. I totally agree we need to educate people, because it is such and important issue.

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Gabriel Sibol Pineda, Oct. 25, 2013

Hey, my name is Gabe and I’m from California, USA. First of all, I just want to say that I was shocked when I found out what my carbon footprint was and how it affected the environment, i.e. the ocean. I was shocked to find out that the worst factor in my carbon footprint was the the food consumed by my family. Even if we ate organic meals, the calculator still said that this was the worst aspect of my footprint.
What upsets me is the fact that small things like these negatively reflect on our environment. My total footprint result was below the average from where I live in. Knowing this, I’m guessing that the ocean surrounding my home area is in bad shape.
People tend to forget that everything e do affects our surroundings. It’s because of this that our oceans are all turning acidic. With a fall on the pH scale, the ocean is becoming less suitable for calcifying organisms to live in. With a projected pH reading of 7.96 by 2050, organisms such as corals and urchin larvae are all going to eventually die out. The bodies are already getting weaker by coming into contact with carbonic acid produced from the harmful carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. We can all be directly blamed for this.
Aside from that, it is proven that these organisms’ bodies are getting smaller and less dense. The lower pH readings in the ocean mean it’s getting more acidic. The properties of acid are causing the ocean’s calcifying organisms to wither and die.
From working with my Biology class in my school, I realized that everything we do affects our carbon footprint while our footprint itself affects the lives of other organisms in the ecosystems around us, in including those in the ocean.

Gabriel Sibol Pineda
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  • Robert Ellis Robert Ellis Dec. 20, 2013
    I know how you feel Iv'e had the same experience when I realized how my footprint was I started to change in my habits.
  • Keri G Keri G Feb. 10, 2014
    Hi Robert, I was equally surprised when my results came back and the highest part of my carbon footprint was the food that my family and I were eating. Opps, better work on that!

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Cheng-Shi Yi, Oct. 21, 2013

Ocean acidification is a really serious problem. Right now our pH of the oceans is 8.1 but since the pH scale is logarithmic, which means a drop of 0.1 is a 30% increase in acidification. Also, lots of marine organisms need positive calcium ions to form their shells, and acids in the the will neutralize them, therefor making them grow slower. this would be a major problem since if the organisms at the bottom of the food web decreased, the ones at the top would starve and the whole ecosystem would crash, affecting us as well. So, if we want to have a healthy earth, ecosystem, and eat seafood, we should find a way to lower carbon emissions.

Cheng-Shi Yi
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  • Nikita Ryzhov Nikita Ryzhov Oct. 24, 2013
    Some ways we can lower carbon emissions are: eating less meat, use solar/wind electricity, use energy and water efficient appliances, and take public transportation when you can.
  • kyle cafarelli kyle cafarelli Oct. 24, 2013
    I agree with nikita, people (myself included) need to start thinking about what he do when it comes to our carbon emisions. We should all really carpool or take public transportation as much as possible. I do all of these and even bike as much as possible. I was shocked when i found out how bad the worlds carbon emissions are.
  • chase junnila chase junnila Oct. 28, 2013
    I agree with you. Ocean acidification is indeed a very serious problem. It also affects coral, which throws off the whole oceanic ecosystem. It's hard for a lot of animals to adapt to the high acidity in the water.
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Rachel McClennen, Oct. 21, 2013

The climate change effects on the ocean are very important. It all will effect the land we live on one day if it continues. The rising sea levels are already starting to take away land from places on the coast. Also, the more intense storms, the worse it will hurt our land and sea level. For example, tsunamis leave towns underwater basically. Even when sea level rises naturally it’s from global warming because glaciers down in Antarctica are melting which makes the sea expand.

Rachel McClennen
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Jimmy Pro, Oct. 21, 2013

I think that ocean changes are a very bad happening in the world today. Rising sea levels are a threat to many coastal cities and towns. i myself live about an hour from the sea and at some point in the distant future i think that where i live will be underwater. This rising sea level as we all know is due to the glaciers melting due to global warming. There are of ways to help stop this but most people just disregard helping. This needs to change

Jimmy Pro
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  • Connor Siri Connor Siri Oct. 23, 2013
    i agree that the rising oceans are bad for coastal cities and town but i think there is more to it that that. i think it is our fault that this is happening because the melting ice is caused by pollution getting absorbed into the snow and lowering the amount it can reflect so it melts faster. the water that comes from the snow melts more snow and that leads to more water. i think it will effect more than just us because the more the water rises the more acidic it gets so that means it will start killing sea life and that will cause a world wide problem that will lead back to our food supply. so it will effect more than just cities and towns it will screw up the world. i also agree that we need to change this before it gets more out of hand. we can do this by using cleaner substances and lowering the admissions used.

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Matilda J_Na11bSwe, Oct. 21, 2013

We know that the temperature in the ocean is getting higher and that the ice on the poles are melting. The effects of this will not only affect human cities near the ocean or our planet, it will also affect all the animals who will have to adapt to something that they do not have anything to say about. Species living in extreme environments such as polar bears will get extinct because of that they do not have enough time to adapt to their new climate.
Species have already started looking for warmer and colder water to fit their needs and therefore the ecosystems will have to change on several places. Diseases among species have also been discovered, caused by living in the wrong temperature.

These animals just want to survive and we make it harder for them because we want to live easy lives with cars, high technology and other inventions that increases the carbon emissions. We need to change our behaviour if we do not want to live in a world without the current diversity of species living in the ocean or on the poles.

http://www.climatehotmap.org/global-warming-effects/salt-water-species.html
Matilda J_Na11bSwe
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  • Sarah S Sarah S Oct. 21, 2013
    When I first saw my carbon footprint, I was stunned to see it was way above average! I wondered why, because my family was pretty conscientious about energy and the environment and all that (for the most part). When I took a closer look at my footprint, I learned it was all the lightbulbs in my house that really impacted it. Turns out I should've listened to my parents when they told me to turn off the lights when I leave a room!

    So then I wondered, “How can I reduce this?” I needed a cost and energy effective solution. The obvious answer was to leave the lights off more often, but the truth is, we need them when it gets dark. So, instead of depriving ourselves of light, we switched out many of the remaining incandescent lightbulbs for fluorescent ones. This wasn't any major change, but at least we're making an effort. :)
  • Sarah S Sarah S Oct. 21, 2013
    Whoops, meant to comment that on another post. My bad

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Caoimhe Gallahue, Oct. 20, 2013

There are many effects of global warming that are taking place in our oceans world wide today. CO2 emissions have reduced the oceans pH level by about 0.1. Now this might not sound like alot, but in pH levels it is. The pH scale is logarithmic, meaning that any small change can have a large impact. This means that the water has become 30% more acidic due to climate change. You may ask why do we care? You can still swim and surf in the ocean right? Although it may seem harmless now, the ocean’s rising acidic levels could potentially have devastating global consequences. The acidification going on today has already had a large impact on marine ecosystems. Scientisist are becoming worried about the effects of acidifaction on marine life. Acidification interferes with reproduction and the ability to adapt for some species. This is a very controversial issue because scientists are unsure if acidification is reversible. But if people do not figure out a solution for this world wide problem, the ocean as we know today may be very diffreent

http://Some articles to read: http://ocean.nationalgeographic.com/ocean/critical-issues-ocean-acidification/
Caoimhe Gallahue
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Gavyn Jones, Oct. 19, 2013

In biology class students read articles about the acidifying oceans. The excess releases of carbon dioxide are destroying the ocean habitats, killing species that reside in the ocean, and causing the ocean to rise. By the ocean becoming more acidic, animal species, though have the ability to adapt, are not adapting and are dying. Many species are dying off because they cant adapt to the changes. With the release of carbon dioxide comes climate change. With climate change comes the melting of large glaciers, which increase the sea levels of oceans. Cities near the ocean or on the water will experience great difficulty with the rising levels, and be endangered.

Gavyn Jones
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  • Jackie Leonard Jackie Leonard Oct. 20, 2013
    This post is very factual and I like that you added that the animal species in the ocean are having a hard time adapting because of how quickly the carbon dioxide is being released in the air. But I also noticed that you did not add anything about fires and how the release of carbon dioxide is making it hard for fires to be put out, and that the ash of the fires is being released into the air and creating dark spots in the glaciers.

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Nadine Snyder, Oct. 18, 2013

I read a very interesting National Geographic Article in my biology class last week on ocean acidification. In this article the reporter went scuba diving near an under water volcano off the coast of Italy, where there are extremely high levels of Carbon Dioxide. The reporter noticed that the only organisms that could tolerate living near the volcano were jelly fish, sea grass, and algae. This is because when carbon dioxide is released into the ocean, it forms acid. This acid reacts with carbonate ions, which many creatures called calcifiers need to make shells. When there are less carbonate ions, calcifiers must put more energy into building shells and less energy into reproduction and growth, which means that few new calcifiers are born.
People release a total of 30 billion tons of carbon dioxide each year. Oceans absorb thirty percent of this carbon dioxide, which causes for a steady rise in ocean acidification. Scientists believe there is nothing we can do to erase the current amount of carbon dioxide in the ocean. One scientist figured that it would take 2 tons of lime to erase one ton of carbon dioxide, and Earth does not have that much lime. The only way to save our oceans is to lower our carbon dioxide emissions.

Nadine Snyder
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