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It killed billions of Washington oysters. It threatens Alaska’s crab industry and food for millions in the South Pacific. Ocean acidification is part of a great unraveling that could disrupt marine life on an almost unfathomable scale — and far sooner than first thought. The transformation will be under way by the time today’s preschoolers reach middle age. Yet we are doing little about it.

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Environmental reporter Craig Welch hosted a live chat on Tuesday, September 17. Joining Craig were:

Dr. Jeremy T. Mathis, a Supervisory Oceanographer at NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle. Mathis is an expert on ocean acidification in polar regions. He has conducted over a dozen cruises in the Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea and is currently studying the economic impacts of ocean acidification on Alaska’s fisheries.

Dr. Richard A. Feely, a NOAA Senior fellow at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle. He also holds an affiliate full professor faculty position at the University of Washington School of Oceanography. His major research areas are carbon cycling in the oceans and ocean acidification processes. He was awarded the Department of Commerce Gold Award in 2006 for research on ocean acidification. In November 2010, he was awarded the Heinz Award for his pioneering research on ocean acidification.


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