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Northwest Ocean Acidification

Rik_C, flickr

Oceans—and their salt-water extensions, like Puget Sound—play an enormous role in our region’s culture and prosperity. Marine life, from oysters to king crab, have supported Northwest communities for generations. But years of addiction to fossil fuels have put them at risk. This series explores the local costs of ocean acidification –the process by which water absorbs too much carbon pollution, becoming more corrosive. These changes in our water’s basic chemistry place our complex web of marine life in jeopardy. It’s not tomorrow’s problem; it’s happening here and now. (Photo credit: Rik_C, flickr)

Posts on Northwest Ocean Acidification

WA’s First Ocean Acidification Legislation

Bill would create a new council overseeing marine protection.

Gregoire Pushes for Ocean Acidification Action

Recommendations on our souring seas from Washington's panel on ocean acidification.

Ocean Acidification: The Local Story

Corrosive seas aren't just happening "somewhere out there."

Climate Pollution Killing Oysters

Scientists find the "smoking gun" that's killing Northwest oysters.

Washington Creates Ocean Acidification Panel

Their goal: What can we do about acidifying seas?

Fossil Fuels R Us

Northwest mussel shells show a shift towards fossil-fuel based carbon.

Report: Northwest Ocean Acidification

Sightline details the hidden costs of carbon dioxide pollution.

Tackling the Other Carbon Problem

What we can do about ocean acidification.

Carbon Dioxide: The Evil Ninja

How tribal kids see ocean acidification.

Are You a Banker or a Gambler?

Commercial fisherpeople weigh the threats to their livelihood from corrosive seas.