Friday, September 14, 2018

Global Warming: When Will The Oceans Fizz?

There seems to be an unspoken misconception that, whenever we get around to curtailing our release of carbon dioxide, global temperatures will automatically be reduced. We seemingly feel that CO2’s role as a thermal layer will be reduced if we simply cease adding to it. This notion has been fostered by the oceans absorbing vast amounts of carbon dioxide — but, our now acidified oceans’ ability absorb CO2 is reduced because their increasing temperatures reduce their carbon sink capacity. Indeed, when they become warm enough, they will ‘off gas’ more than they absorb. [When you warm the ocean up, just like warming up a Coke bottle, it drives the gas out.]

What If Carbon Emissions Stopped Tomorrow? (6 minutes):