My Story About Ocean Acidification
A mission of mine is to do my part to warn people of the dire consequences of ocean acidification. This webpage and the story I have published are the means through which I will exert that effort. I pledge that half of all profits from any eventual sale of the story in any form will go towards ocean acidification research and education. We are all in this together, as we all share the burden.
Imagine no more coral reefs because calcium-based structures dissolve. Next, imagine phytoplankton that grow microscopic plates, like coccolithophores, dying for the same reason. Then realize that the loss of phytoplankton results in declining ocean and atmospheric oxygen levels, resulting in mass starvation due to reduced oceanic and crop productivity. The rioting follows. Civil war erupts. Nations make war. It will be doomsday for sure. So, what do we do? If you read my story you might get some ideas.
My novella entitled "Ocean Acidification and the Apocalypse" is now available at Amazon. A preface to the story is at the bottom of this page.
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Science Related to My Story
Articles on the relationships of ocean acidification, coccolithophores and other calcareous phytoplankton, and oceanic and atmospheric oxygen and carbon dioxide. Of particular interest is how ocean acidification kills the most important oxygen-producing organisms, for both the oceanic and atmospheric regimes, and how iron fertilization of the oceans may help to fight ocean acidification as part of a global mitigation effort.
Articles on the Productivity of Plants and Oxygen Concentrations
"all plant cells need oxygen to live because without oxygen they can't perform aerobic respiration (respiration is the process of breaking down food to get energy)." http://scienceline.ucsb.edu/getkey.php?key=760
"Although oxygen is a by-product of photosynthesis, plants lack a circulatory system to mobilize oxygen to heterotrophic roots, tubers, meristems, germinating pollen, and developing seeds."
"Low oxygen enhancement of photosynthesis declined with time and after 10 d, leaf area and root dry weight were less than in plants grown in normal air." http://aob.oxfordjournals.org/content/61/2/159
"In aerobic organisms, oxygen is a rate-limiting substrate for the efficient production of energy...Despite their ability to produce oxygen in the presence of light, plants can experience low oxygen conditions when the oxygen diffusion from the environment cannot satisfy the demand set by metabolic rates."
"Low-Oxygen Stress in Plants"
Science on Climate Change, including global warming, ice ages, and "Snowball Earth"
Documentary on the phenomenon known as "Snowball Earth"
Ocean Acidification Resources
YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY -
“COLLAPSE OF THE OCEANS” with JOSHUA JACKSON (PT 1)
“COLLAPSE OF THE OCEANS” with JOSHUA JACKSON (PT 2)
Acid Test: The Global Challenge of Ocean
Acidification (NRDC - youtube)
Hosted by Sigourney Weaver
The Death of the Oceans?
Hosted by David Attenborough
Lethal Seas (NOVA - PBS)
Ocean Acidification - Revolution World Issue
NOAA Ocean Acidification - The Other Carbon Dioxide Problem
Rob Dunbar: The threat of ocean acidification
Acidic Oceans: Why Should We Care? - Perspectives on Ocean Science
University of California Television
Acidifying the Ocean: Assessing Impacts on Coral Reefs
University of California Television
Ocean acidification explained in two minutes
Demystifying ocean acidification and biodiversity impacts
California Academy of Sciences
NOAA Ocean Acidification Demonstration
A Sea Change
Imagine A World Without Fish
(Niijii Films/Bullfrog Films)
Strategic Plan for Federal Research and Monitoring of Ocean Acidification https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/NSTC/iwg-oa_strategic_plan_march_2014.pdf