Prompt: Write a couple of paragraphs on your blog regarding which aspects of climate change issues in one of your peer’s responses you agree with and why; how your ideas are similar or different from that of your peers; how those ideas relate to climate changes issue from your own country/town you are familiar with
I read Kaashvi’s response and we both agree that climate change is a result of us; human beings. Most of the global population doesn’t believe in climate change because they believe that the Earth is able to withhold these drastic changes. This is true, however humans will not be able to live in conditions that the Earth will have as a result of this climate change. We can adapt, but only to a certain extent.
A phenomena that is happening around the world due to climate change is called ocean acidification. As we burn fossil fuels, we emit Carbon Dioxide. Having too much Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere can cause the pH of the oceans to increase. When Carbon Dioxide is absorbed by the ocean, a series of chemical reactions occur resulting in the increased concentration of Hydrogen ions. Increasing the amount of hydrogen ions in the ocean decreases the amount of carbonate ions, which is key building block in seawater. As a result, marine organisms wouldn’t be able to form their shells and skeletons and their existing shells would begin to dissolve.
In most tropical countries, like the Philippines, the production rate of corals are decreasing. Raising the acidity of the oceans threaten coral reefs by making harder fro them to build their skeletons. This can also be seen in the Great Barrier Reef with the bleaching of the coral. With a birds eye view you can see white corals in the ocean.