Updated: Sep 7, 2021
Ever thought of a vast reservoir of acid? It might sound fictitious, but this is what is happening with the oceans of the world.
What is the theory?
The world's oceans absorb about 30% of the Carbon dioxide released in the atmosphere and Carbon dioxide in a solution is acidic resulting in lowered pH levels of the water. Now, we can relate the increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere with the increasing levels of acidity of oceans around the world.
What's the relative proof?
Over time, a new study has found, this effect has become so pronounced that the Pacific Ocean's waters' increasing acidity is destroying the shells of newly hatched Dungeness crabs. Some of these crabs have lost the hairy sensors present on their front body parts to detect the environment.
It's pretty clear from this that decreasing levels of pH of ocean waters is the first alarm towards the depleting ecosystem which surely can't be ignored.
What can be done?
Well, for the acidifying ocean, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) proposes two methods of attack:-
1)Reducing our overall carbon footprint to reduce the carbon dioxide absorbed by the sea.
2)Teach wildlife and the people who rely on it to adapt to how the sea will change.
Well, the second option seems to be somewhat a far fetched idea...so we have to reduce our carbon footprints somehow.
Lastly, I would end this blog post by saying:-
We're gonna get it, get it together right now
Gonna get it, get it together somehow
Gonna get it, get it together and flower
We're gonna get it, get it together I know
Gonna get it, get it together and flow
Gonna get it, get it together and go