Ocean acidification will cut food and jobs in poor countries – scientists

December 2, 2013 • Climate Change & Mitigation, Protection of Species, Water, Daily Email Recap

Ocean acidification will cut food and jobs in poor countries – scientists
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WARSAW (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Soaring seawater acidity from rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will hit marine species used for food and livelihoods hard, and will have knock-on impacts on coastal communities, particularly in developing countries, experts said at the UN climate talks in Warsaw.

Poor coastal communities, especially those in small island states whose existence hinges on coral reefs and fishing, will bear the brunt of this change, warned Carol Turley, a senior scientist at Plymouth Marine Laboratory in the United States and a lead author of the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 4th Assessment Report.

“Poor communities are highly reliant on sea resources for their food and livelihood needs but have limited options to mitigate effects if their current lifestyles become not sustainable due to what is called ocean acidification,” she said at a side event at the climate negotiations, which end Friday.

Coral reefs and shellfish – both important sources of food – will be hit hard, with higher acidification levels predicted to halt all new growth of reefs by the end of the century.

“People who rely on the ocean’s ecosystem services – often in developing countries – are especially vulnerable. And coastal communities in Asia-Pacific and South Asian coastal communities are no exception,” said Jorge Luis Valdés, head of Ocean Sciences at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO.

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