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Some plants do just fine in acidic oceans

From JAMES COOK UNIVERSITY Scientists find some thrive in acid seas Researchers from James Cook University have found that ocean acidification may not be all bad news for one important sea-dwelling plant. A JCU team led by Dr Catherine Collier studied seagrass growing near underwater volcanic vents in PNG. Carbon dioxide from the vents increases…

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Oops! It may not be ‘ocean acidification’ killing coral after all – common chemical found in sunscreen is poisonous to coral reefs

From the AMERICAN FRIENDS OF TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY and the “settled science” department: Sunscreen is proven toxic to coral reefs Tel Aviv University researchers discover chemical found in most sunscreen lotions poses an existential threat to young corals The daily use of sunscreen bearing an SPF of 15 or higher is widely acknowledged as essential…

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Study: CO2 “acidification” does not harm Coral

Guest essay by Eric Worrall A study, pH homeostasis during coral calcification in a free ocean CO2 enrichment (FOCE) experiment, Heron Island reef flat, Great Barrier Reef led by researcher Lucy Georgiou has concluded that at least some Coral has the ability to regulate its own internal PH. This allows the studied coral to thrive,…

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Are the Oceans Becoming More Acidic?

Guest essay by Clyde Spencer “There’s nothing so absurd that if you repeat it often enough, people will believe it.” – William James Introduction Are the oceans becoming “more acidic,” as is often claimed in recent research papers and trumpeted by the news media? I’ll explore that in the following discussion. However, there are two…