In Washington State ocean acidification is about people (video)

“I am hopeful.” “There are actions we can take.” “Republicans and Democrats are working together.”

Not phrases you often hear these days, especially with some of the more challenging issues we face as a society. But this type of action and partnership is exactly what is taking place right now in Washington state to tackle ocean acidification. Washington’s people and businesses have been hit hard by this invisible problem – caused by increasing carbon pollution from land being absorbed by the ocean, turning it more acidic. Many animals are struggling to build their shells in increasingly acidic water – and local pollutants in coastal areas make the problem worse. Oyster growers have experienced massive die-offs, and this is an industry that brings in $272 million to Washington annually – and directly employs around 3,200 people. So the state and its people are fighting back. Watch the video and learn how.

Julia Roberson, The Blog Aquatic (Ocean Conservancy), 26 April 2013. Video.

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