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Ocean Acidification in the News

By Jason Hall-Spencer, 27th February 2012

Save Our Seas Supported Scientist Dr. Jason Spencer-Hall’s work is frequently in the news.

The huge amounts of atmospheric CO2 being absorbed by the world’s oceans is making them more acidic than they have been for tens of millions of years. Coral Reefs provide habitat for at least a quarter of all marine species. Many of these face extinction if reefs disappear.

The CO2 vent project of Jason and his colleagues gets a lot of media attention. Articles about his important research were published in the prestigious ‘Nature’ magazines, but also in a number of other publications. For those who want to read more about this tricky subject, Dr. Hall-Spencer sent us a list of useful links.

In French (Belgium)

Les océans sont en danger… et l’homme aussi

In English

Podcast; Jason Hall-Spencer interviewed by Dr Paolo Marcazzan | Science, Innovation & Energy Policy Officer | British Consulate-General | Suite 800 – 1111 Melville Street | Vancouver | British Columbia |Canada V6E 3V6

‘Jacuzzi vents’ model CO2 future

Plymouth scientists demand action over damage to coral reefs

World’s Oceans Get an Acid Bath

Animal diseases increasingly plague the oceans

Acidic oceans seen as threat to marine life 

In French

Les maladies des animaux terrestres gagnent les mammifères marins

Les animaux marins touchés par des maladies terrestres

L’océan contaminé par les maladies des animaux terrestres

Les maux de la terre gagnent les océans

Les maladies terrestres font des victimes sous-marines

In German

Haustier-Parasiten plagen jetzt auch Meeressäuger

In Italian

L’anidride carbonica dell’atmosfera fa aumentare l’acidità dei mari

In Portuguese/Brazil

Acidez na água dos oceanos ameaça 30% das espécies

Acidez na água dos oceanos ameaça 30% das espécies, aponta pesquisa

In Spanish

Mamíferos marinos ya mueren por enfermedades de animales domésticos

Los océanos, plagados de enfermedades de animales terrestres

In Swedish

Försurning av haven går snabbare än beräknat

Other articles, not available on line:
‘Jacuzzi vents’ model CO2 future, published in Tehran Times- ‎Feb 20, 2012‎

A UK scientist studying volcanic vents in the ocean says they hold a grave warning for future marine ecosystems. These vents have naturally acidified waters that hint at how our seas might change if atmospheric carbon dioxide levels continue to rise.

Marine species at risk as oceans acidify, published in ABC Online- ‎Feb 20, 2012‎

British scientists say the current level of carbon dioxide emissions will wipe out about 30 per cent of the world’s marine species by the end of the century. Much of the carbon dioxide put into the atmosphere through fossil fuel burning is being …

Undersea vents a ‘time machine’ on climate change, published in Globe and Mail- ‎Feb 18, 2012‎

Jason Hall-Spencer thinks he has seen the future of the world’s oceans while diving at marine volcanic sites around the world, where jets of carbon dioxide fizz out of vents on the sea floor. Most scientists use computer models or laboratory …

Scientist’s alert over carbon levels, published in This is Plymouth- ‎Feb 20, 2012‎

Marine biodiversity is at risk due to the corrosive effects of carbon dioxide, a leading Westcountry scientist has warned. Dr Jason Hall-Spencer, of Plymouth University, said the combination of ocean acidification and rising water temperatures were …

British scientist warns AAAS of the threat posed by ocean acidification, publish on ‎Feb 20, 2012‎

One of the UK’s leading voices on ocean acidification has addressed a prestigious conference in Canada with a warning that marine biodiversity is at risk due to the corrosive effects of carbon dioxide. Dr Jason Hall-Spencer, of Plymouth University, …

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