Month: January 2012

Global decline in ocean ventilation, oxygenation, and productivity during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum: Implications for the benthic extinction

Posted on EPOCA: 26 Jan 2012  The prominent global warming event at the Paleocene-Eocene boundary (55 Ma), referred to as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), was characterized by rapid temperature increase and changes in the global carbon cycle in <10,000 yr, and a major extinction of benthic foraminifera. We explore

Oceans could be 150% more acidic by 2100

Posted on RTCC: 23 January 2012 By Wendy Watson-Wright Wendy Watson-Wright is Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission at UNESCO Most of the cliffs that you see bordering the south of England and the Normandy coast were built by deposition of sediments of shellfish that have grown in steady conditions

A huge experiment

Posted on EPOCA: 23 Jan 2012  I like how Bill McKibben talks about climate change in his book “Eaarth.” Humans’ impact on the climate is like “a huge experiment,” one that has never been run before. We get to watch it play out before our very eyes, without a control, and without any true sense of