Before I started working with Upwell a couple months ago, I'd never heard of ocean acidification. You've probably never heard of it either considering that a study found that the Kardashians Get 40 Times More News Coverage Than Ocean Acidification.
Here's the skinny: burning fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas) releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and into the oceans. Having all of that extra CO2 in the oceans is changing the chemistry of the water. It is becoming more acidic. Not good.
Rosemary Mosco, a field naturalist and science communicator who loves using cartoons to express environmental issues, was nice enough to let me share her comic about ocean acidification (above) with you. I appreciate that she explains such a disturbing concept in a whimsical way. You can see the original illustration, and her other nature comics at birdandmoon.com. The bird are gross one really cracks me up.
If you want to learn more about ocean acidification, watch this mini-documentary by the Natural Resources Defense Council, Acid Test: The Global Challenge of Ocean Acidification, and check out the links below the video.
- What is Ocean Acidification? on NRDC
- Ocean Acidification This Way Comes: A Wake Up Call for California on The Blog Aquatic.
- Global Warming's Evil Twin Threatens West Coast Fishing Grounds on The Christian Science Monitor
- Acidifying Ocean Threatens California Coast on WIRED
If you'd like to get more involved in overall climate change issues, check out Philanthropedia's list of top climate change nonprofits. Note: The list was made in 2009, and they are in the process of updating it. One org I think is missing from the list is 350.org.
Had you heard of ocean acidification before reading this post?