One of the founders of Greenpeace has published a paper clearly demonstrating that ocean acidification is merely a tactic being used by environmental extremists to scare people into believing that CO2 emissions could cause the oceans to become acidic and, as a result, cause the extinction of shellfish and corals, and much of marine life.
Ocean acidification, if it were true, would be a far more serious threat than rising temperatures or climate change.
Alarmists have created an issue divorced from climate change.
It allows environmental extremists to claim that CO2 emissions must be eliminated even though CO2 doesn’t cause rising temperatures or catastrophic climate change.
The paper, Ocean Acidification Alarmism in Perspective, by Patrick Moore, examines the issue in considerable depth and concludes that CO2 entering the oceans will not result in the oceans becoming acidic or cause extinctions of marine life.
It’s obvious to anyone who has taken high school chemistry that the oceans are basic, and could never become acidic.
Extremists use the term acidification to infer that CO2 might be able to make the oceans less basic, which misleads people into thinking the oceans can become acidic.
Environmental extremists also make the claim that shell fish and corals cannot contend with higher levels of CO2 in saltwater as the CO2 would create an acidic, less basic, environment that would prevent shellfish from forming calcium carbonate by using the calcium and CO2 dissolved in seawater.
The alarmists also contend that the killing off of these species will spread to the extinction of other marine life.
Dr. Moore’s, paper deals with successive issues, from whether CO2 can cause the oceans to become acidic, to whether CO2 in the oceans can disturb or interrupt the ability of shell fish and related organisms to contend with higher levels of CO2.
The paper states,
“The pH of the world’s oceans varies from 7.5 to 8.3, well into the alkaline scale. It is therefore incorrect to state the oceans are acidic or that they will become acidic under any conceivable scenario.”
Dr. Moore’s paper establishes that CO2 levels have varied widely over millions of years, without adversely affecting the ability of marine life to survive.
Among other items of interest, the accompanying graph shows that current atmospheric CO2 levels, despite a small recent uptick, are among the lowest in the Earth’s history.
Also, as noted by Dr. Moore,
“During the late Carboniferous Period and into the Permian and Triassic Periods, CO2 was drawn down from about 4,000 ppm to about 400 ppm, probably owing to the advent of vast areas of forest that pulled CO2 out of the atmosphere and incorporated it into wood and thus into coal.”
The ability of organisms to adapt to changing environmental conditions was explored in depth by Dr. Moore in his paper.
Dr. Moore’s final conclusion is that:
“There is no evidence to support the claim that most calcifying marine species will become extinct owing to higher levels of CO2 in the atmosphere and lower pH in the oceans.”
Extreme environmentalists are creating a new threat, ocean acidification, now that their existing claims of dire catastrophes from climate change are being refuted by scientists.
As they have done in the past, they constantly create new threats that create an unending attack on modern life and modern civilization. It exposes them for what they are, anti-people, anti-civilization extremists.
Quoting from Ehrlich, author of The Population Bomb:
“Over population is now the dominant problem.”
Ocean acidification is merely another bogus threat, promulgated by extreme environmentalists.
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