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You know Aquaman is as powerless to de-acidify the ocean as the fish he controls, Golob. We all know it, Aquaman most of all. You only mention him to mock his weakness and heighten the pathos of our inevitable doom.

Posted by elenchos | May 22, 2008 5:05 PM

I will now listen to Avril Lavigne, in penitence.

Posted by Jonathan Golob | May 22, 2008 5:24 PM

Wait, what is the scientist's name again?

Posted by collie | May 22, 2008 9:23 PM

And I forgot to purchase carbon offsets for my last flight to LA. Crap. Now I am responsible for the end of the world. Crap crap crap.

Posted by croydonfacelift | May 22, 2008 10:57 PM

There has also been a massive decline in several species of plankton.

Posted by Morgan | May 22, 2008 11:30 PM

@4, don't worry about your flight, I mean Dan Savage flies around weekly and that does not seem to bother him in the least. I am sure you can still say you are green!!!

Posted by But Dan Savage Flies All the Time!!! | May 23, 2008 12:22 AM


Hail Namor, The Sub Mariner!

Posted by Comic Fan | May 23, 2008 1:51 AM

Critters adapt and evolve. In a few generations my greatgrandkids will be digging the new razor clams with titanium shells and huge eyeballs that can project flameballs.

Posted by Bob | May 23, 2008 6:21 AM

@7, damn right I would fuck Aquaman!! Oh man would I fuck Aquaman!!

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | May 23, 2008 8:51 AM

Man, this is so bogus.

"Recent hydrographic surveys and modeling studies have confirmed that the uptake of anthropogenic CO2 by the oceans has resulted in a lowering of seawater pH by about 0.1 since the beginning of the industrial revolutionů."

I'm so sure that Isaac Newton was out measuring the pH of the ocean to within one tenth of a pH unit.

Posted by farsider | May 23, 2008 10:10 AM

There is another frightening aspect to this. In a positive feedback loop, more acidic conditions inhibit the formation of CaCO3 scales by coccolithophorids, which are one of the major deep water 'export' routes for carbon from the surface waters. Things will only get worse :/

Posted by boyd main | May 23, 2008 10:11 AM

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