0ceans on Acid and Rant in Snowstorm


Evil Twin of Climate Change; Ocean Acidification: Part 1 of 2 //  Published on Jan 3, 2017

Engrained into human nature is a tendency to not think much about things we do not see. When we think about climate change we often overlook the ongoing destruction of our oceans. Without a viable ocean, it is not possible for life on land to survive.


The entire marine food chain is under attack by ocean acidification, stratification from rapid warming, oxygen free zones, overfishing and numerous other stresses; in this video set I tell the ocean acidification story.

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Evil Twin of Climate Change; Ocean Acidification: Part 2 of 2 // Published on Jan 4, 2017

Atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide are now over 400 ppm. Whenever it rains or snows, some of this CO2 in the air is dissolved into the water that falls, creating a weak acid called carbonic acid that enters the ocean making it more acidic.


The pH of the open ocean at the surface has dropped from an average of 8.2 to 8.05 over the last 3 or 4 decades. Since the scale is logarithmic, this is an increase in ocean acidity of 30%. When pH drops to 7.9 or 7.8 then much of the marine life will die.

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Climate System Rant in Snowstorm // Published on Jan 4, 2017

I was walking home from school late last night in a raging snowstorm, and I could not resist having a bit of silly fun. I filmed a selfio (selfie-video) of whatever thoughts came into my head. I recall discussing topics like how to slash fossil-fuelled emissions, how to take carbon out of the air, and how to block the sun to cool our planet.

Hopefully, I am at least semi-coherent. Enjoy..
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About paulbeckwith

Well known climate science educator; Part-time Geography professor (climatology, oceanography, environmental issues), University of Ottawa. Physicist. Engineer. Master's Degree in Science in Laser Optics, Bachelors of Engineering, in Engineering Physics. Won Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario gold medal. Also interested in investment and start-ups in climate solutions, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Avid chess player, and likes restoring old homes. Married with children.
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4 Responses to 0ceans on Acid and Rant in Snowstorm

  1. Hello Paul
    SRM using SO2 will create acid rain as Peter Ward and others say.
    Remember the clean air act? It was to rid us of SO2 that was causing acid rain.
    More recently, someone came up with the idea of using calcium carbonate instead of SO2 for SRM. Unfortunately, I do not have the source for you.

    Thanks and a happy, green 2017 to you and your family.



  2. Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Created Radioactive Sulfur, Acid Rain, Acid Ocean And Radioactive Chlorine, Which Reached The USA, Nuclear Power Has Huge Negative Externalities In Terms Of Climate Change And Global Warming


  3. It took me time Paul, but I finally retraced it
    Scientists Want to Give the Atmosphere an Antacid to Relieve Climate Change

    I hope you read this lol


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