Mailing Ourselves a Package

Nice article on ocean acidification. Best line:

Because carbon emissions have continued rising since, future upwellings are sure to be even more acidic. “We’ve mailed a package to ourselves,” says Oregon State oceanographer Burke Hales, one of the scientists who conducted the offshore research, “and it’s hard to call off delivery.”

An oyster fisherman is quoted as the conclusion:

“I’m afraid the ocean will be dead long before we have to worry about the other implications of global warming,” Barton says quietly. “I didn’t believe any of this stuff three years ago. I was always skeptical about our global models. … But ocean acidification is pretty cut-and-dry for me now. You see it every day. You can’t escape it.”

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