Ocean Acidification In The Film: The Day After Tomorrow

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The movie “The Day After Tomorrow” depicts a scenario in a future where humanity does not curb its pollutive ways, paving the way for a global climate shift and an apocalyptic ice age that freezes many great cities. That might be a fictitious reality, but one that is seemingly possible given the way we are destroying the environment. In recent years, there have been increasing discussion about ocean acidification, which Feely referred to as “global warming’s evil twin”. Acidification affects elementary process related to composition and role of marine ecosystem, causing long term impacts on humans (Doney, 2009). Despite the potential seriousness of ocean acidification, little attempts have been made because of the lack of motivation, awareness, capability and diverging interest. There are two proven cause of ocean acidification. The primary cause is the increased in amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Presently, the ocean adsorbs approximately one third of the anthropogenic carbon dioxide (National Geography), which when dissolved in water, produce carbonic acid and hydrogen ions. The other cause is additional pollutant that enter the ocean. When…show more content…
Research mainly started only in the past decade and it still in its infancy. With a large 95 percent of the ocean still undiscovered (NOAA, 2014), we lack knowledge and models to construct solutions just yet. In another case, Birnie, Boyle and Redgwell (2009) as mentioned by Downing (2013) believes that regional measures instead of international ones should be customized to solve the problem. Unfortunately, regional efforts are limited because of funding, technology and knowledge. It has been analyzed by Druel and others (2012), in the North-East Atlantic, international organization is still needed to widen the scope and bridge gaps in regional
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