Rio+20: Our oceans - "Hot, sour and breathless"

Rio+20: Our oceans – “Hot, sour and breathless”

Rio+20 (16/06/2012) –Carol Turley, Plymouth Marine Laboratory UK talks to Pavilion TV about the groups latest guide to ocean stresses entitled “Hot, sour and breathless”. She explains how this refers to the three major stresses being placed on the oceans, from warming waters, ocean acidification and deoxidisation.

She talks about ocean acidification and the rapid rate at which the oceans are become more acidic, and the impacts of this on marine ecosystems – particularly those in the Arctic and Antarctic. Relatively new on the radar of most scientists, over the last 10 years, she says more and more research has been emerging which has found acidification of the oceans to be a serious threat.