Published: Thursday, 02 July 2015 14:22
Written by Rod Kirk
Are We Going To Cope With Ocean Acidification?
A Presentation by Dr. Robert Greene This presentation recognizes that ocean acidification is an imminent threat to sea life, and indeed, our entire lives. If we take a ‘business as usual’ approach, we may be too late in saving the oceans for our children and grandchildren.
First we will look at ocean acidification and its effects. Then we will discuss the Carbon Cycle, i.e. how and how much generated CO2 is naturally stored in the atmosphere, gradually dissolved in the oceans, changing their chemistry (pH), and gradually sequestered on the ocean floor. An analogy will be drawn with how the Oregon oyster farmers faced this issue but on a smaller scale. Then, a first order estimate will be made as to how much energy will be needed to address this issue over what period of time.
Next we will posit “Where will we get this massive amount of carbon-free energy?” To answer this, we will look at global energy demand through mid-century and what the contribution must be from each clean energy source to meet each share of this requirement. Solar and wind alone will probably not meet this need. Dr. Greene will review other energy sources, including ‘new nuclear’ and how they can make a major improvement in this picture.
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