The growing acidity in our ocean waters is a threat to mankind and will wipe out coral and many species of fish and other sea life if nothing is done soon.Extra carbon dioxide in the air caused by the burning of fossil fuels is not only spurring climate change, but is making the oceans more acidic and endangering the marine life that helps to remove carbon dioxide from the earth's atmosphere.
Marine scientists have become so alarmed that special briefings have been held for government departments. Carol Turley, head of science at Plymouth Marine Laboratory in England, warned of a "potentially gigantic" problem for the world."It is very urgent to warn people what is happening," she said. "Many of the species we rely on to eat, like cod, will disappear. In cartoon form, you could say people should prepare to change their tastes from cod and chips to jellyfish and chips. The whole composition of life in the oceans will change."Jerry Blackford, another of the authors of a paper presented to a climate change conference in Exeter, England, has modeled the effect on the oceans. He said: "Some scientists are saying that in 35 years all the coral reefs in the world could be dead - it could be less or more. Put it this way, my children may never get the opportunity to go snorkeling on a living reef. Certainly, my grandchildren won't."Although the phenomenon is caused by the excess acidity of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, it is not a "global warming" problem. It is more serious then that!
A simple chemical reaction between the acidic air and the alkaline sea starts the chemical and electrical attraction. With the sea being alkaline and the air being acidic, it pulls the carbon dioxide into its watery body causing an acidic decline in the pH and the potential death of the oceans! The oceans of the world are becoming cancerous!
Carbon dioxide mixed with water produces carbonic acid making the oceans more and more acidic and increasingly sick. For example, it takes thirty parts of alkalinity in the form of sodium bicarbonate to buffer or neutralize one part or one molecule of carbonic acid in order to maintain a pH of 8.2 - the healthy pH of our oceans. Thus, the chemistry to buffer carbonic acid in the oceans is a thirty to one ratio. This means that it is going to be virtually impossible to reverse this catastrophic situation unless we do something about decreasing the emissions of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere--and do it NOW!
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***Did you know in the US there is a Pure Food & Drug Act of 100 years ago, which could stop the near total removal of the abundance of the mineral chromium from whole sugar and whole grain flour? The end products of bleached white, refined sugars and flours constitutes more than one third of the average American diet? This is why diabietes is running rampant in North America.
Chromium is a vital mineral in our diet.