Losing Nemo

Sometimes this blog may give the impression that it doesn’t take the threat of man-made global warming all that seriously. But today all cynicism and scepticism must come to an end.

How can any of us in all conscience drive a car or fly on holiday or even take a shower EVER again when scientists have discovered the most horrific evidence yet of the apocalyptic damage down by anthropogenic CO2: (H/T M. Potts)

It can make clownfish go a bit weird. Apparently.


Philip Munday and colleagues at James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland, Australia, have previously found that if you put reef fish into water with more CO2 than normal in it – similar to the levels expected in oceans by the end of the century – they become bolder and attracted to odours they would normally avoid, including those of predators and unfavourable habitats.

Munday and his colleague Göran Nilsson at the University of Oslo, Norway, have now discovered that CO2 leads to riskier behaviour by interfering with a neurotransmitter receptor called GABA-A.

James Delingpole, The Telegraph, 16 JAnuary 2012. Full article.

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