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Why This Matters: As we recently wrote, ocean waters off California are hard hit by acidification, but now we see that the Golden State is not alone. Climate impacts are costing our economy already due to severe weather events such as wildfires and hurricanes. Even though increasing ocean acidification may not be visible to the eye, its costs are just as devastating. Florida’s coral reefs are an $8.5 B dollar asset to the economy there, but not if they are bleached and degraded. And who’s to blame for a majority of that acidification — the Union of Concerned Scientists reported that a new study points the finger at the world’s largest fossil fuel companies.Fishermen are suing the oil companies for this very reason — and hopefully, this new information will help buttress that case.
A peer-reviewed study published in December in the Environmental Research Letters found that emissions traced to the world’s largest fossil fuel companies are responsible for more than half of the ocean’s acidification since pre-industrial times, according to scientists at the Union of Concerned Scientists. The study calculated the amount of ocean acidification that occurred as a result of carbon released during fossil fuel extraction, production, and usage by looking at the 88 largest gas, oil and coal producers and cement manufacturers. The study also found that “more than one-fifth (~23 percent) of that increased acidity from 1880 could be traced to the emissions from the 20 largest investor-owned and majority state-owned companies since 1965, including BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell.”
The Hill and Time Magazine report that, despite all his pandering, President Trump is not winning over Maine’s lobster fishers nor is he helping Maine’s embattled Republican Senator Susan Collins. Trump’s trade war with China and the coronavirus have delivered a one-two punch to the lobster industry in Maine.
We like to highlight the truly wonderful things happening in conservation during these difficult times, and opportunities are growing to create innovative solutions to solve the ocean’s biggest and toughest challenges. The Ocean Solutions Accelerator is a great way to get both access to funders and experienced entrepreneurs who can help young people with great […]
In the aftermath of a mother being killed by a great white shark on a Maine beach this summer, some are once again calling for the culling of seal populations to keep sharks away from popular beaches. As Yahoo News reported, this latest attack was not an anomaly. Beaches across the Northeast have closed repeatedly […]
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