Study: The Kardashians Get 40 Times More News Coverage Than Ocean Acidification

Samantha 2012/06/27 20:50:40
This is the inevitable outcome when news organization become "for profit" organizations instead of putting journalistic integrity above money.

Carbon dioxide emissions are not just warming up our atmosphere, they're also changing the chemistry of our oceans. This phenomenon is known as ocean acidification, or sometimes as global warming's "evil twin" or the "osteoporosis of the sea." Scientists have warned that it poses a serious threat to ocean life. Yet major American news outlets covered the Kardashians over 40 times more often than ocean acidification over the past year and a half.

Rising carbon dioxide emissions have caused the oceans to become around 30 percent more acidic since the Industrial Revolution, and if we do not lower the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, the ocean surface could be up to 150 percent more acidic by 2100.

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  • Icarus 2012/06/27 20:57:27
    Not good news. If I remember correctly, something like 1 billion people rely on the oceans for a large proportion of their diet. We're playing with fire.
  • Samantha Icarus 2012/06/27 21:10:12
    Yes, we are playing with fire; the United States certainly isn't taking a lead in working with other nations to slow down or reverse this process. As you mentioned, approximately one billion human beings depend upon oceans for food; this is a humanitarian disaster in the making.

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