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Killing Nemo


An article in this week’s PNAS reports ocean acidification and climate change threaten reef clownfish. Changing CO2 levels disrupt larvae’s sense of smell, which is crucial to survival.

According to Dr Philip Munday, “What our study is showing is that animal behaviour is affected by the acidification of the oceans. It’s opening our eyes to another issue of acidification that we need to be aware of.”

More at ABC Science


  1. #1 Cori
    February 5, 2009

    What can we do to fix it?

  2. #2 Sheril R. Kirshenbaum
    February 5, 2009

    We can start with better emissions policies, boosting alternative energy spending, and a more informed public.

  3. #3 Ashutosh
    February 5, 2009

    I would put more informed public at number one. Obama or anyone else can eventually do nothing if the public is not interested.

  4. #4 Chad
    February 6, 2009

    Glad you picked this one up, Sheril — hot on the heels of the Monaco Declaration it’s looking more and more like people are making the connection between acidification and the implications for our emissions targets…

  5. #5 Stefan Jones
    February 6, 2009

    I for one think this is great news. Our herring will come pre-pickled!

    *Sigh* In the unedited theatrical release of Soylent Green, we find out the reason that the food of the title is made of ground-up bodies rather than krill is that the ocean ecosystem has gone to pieces. Harry Harrison knew his shit.

  6. #6 alufelgi do bmw
    February 7, 2009

    In my opinion the largest threat for California are cataclysms and ecological catastrophes. Not important is how many money we have because one tragedy can us take all.

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