1. ACID TEST: The Global Challenge of Ocean Acidification


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    ACID TEST: This groundbreaking NRDC documentary explores the startling phenomenon of ocean acidification, which may soon challenge marine life on a scale not seen for tens of millions of years. Featuring Sigourney Weaver. Directed by: Tristan Bayer & Daniel Hinerfeld Produced by: Erin Kiley & Daniel Hinerfeld Associated Produced by: Lisa Whiteman, Lisa Suitoni, Tristan Bayer Edited by: Christopher S. Johnson Director of Photography: Tristan Bayer Underwater Cinematography: Howard and Michele Hall Aerial Cinematography: Nel Boshoff Music by: Andy Troy, Peter DiStefano and Kevin Haskins Animations by: Jake Maymudes Produced for the Natural Resources Defense Council. www.NRDC.org For more information and special features including extra interviews, go to: www.acidtestmovie.com

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    • Plankton - Monterey Bay Aquarium


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      This was a fun project I did for the Monterey Bay Aquarium. This is part of the their new exhibition on Oceanic Acidification.

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      • ACID TEST: 3 Minute Science of Ocean Acidification


        from Tristan Bayer Added 6,392 17 4

        This is a short and to the point 3 minute video that takes you through the science behind ocean acidification. Created from the 22 minute version of the award winning film "Acid Test: The Global Challenge of Ocean Acidification". Watch "Acid Test" in HD at www.oceanacid.org or go to the NRDC's http://acidtestmovie.com for more information.

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        • Facing Climate Change: Oyster Farmers


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          Kathleen Nisbet and her father, Dave, farm oysters in Washington's Willapa Bay. They recently shifted some of their business to Hawai'i, after ocean acidification started killing baby oysters in local hatcheries. Over the past 250 years, the world's oceans have absorbed about 25 percent of the carbon dioxide that humans have put into the air by burning fossil fuels. Carbon dioxide lowers the pH of oceans, turning waters more acidic. The Northwest is home to some of the most corrosive waters on earth. Washington State in particular is an ocean acidification hotspot due to coastal upwelling that delivers cold water, low in pH and rich in carbon dioxide, from the deep ocean to its coasts. In Hawai'i, where coastal upwelling does not occur, the water is warmer and acidity is increasing less rapidly. Ocean acidification makes it more difficult for oyster larvae and young oysters to grow and maintain their protective shells. Shells may even dissolve in increasingly acidic waters, leading to higher mortality in young oysters. Dave finds success in shipping baby oysters from Hawai'i and maturing them in Willapa Bay. The Nisbet's story may be unique, but they are not alone. Washington supports the most productive commercial shellfish operation on the West Coast, a multi-million dollar industry at risk. Yet the issue exceeds lost profits. Not all farmers can invest in warmer waters. Coastal tribes harvest wild shellfish for economic and subsistence uses. Healthy seas help build livelihoods in rural communities. So what next? Under rising emissions scenarios, ocean acidity may increase 100 to 150 percent by the end of the century. In response, farmers are using new technologies to monitor the acidity levels of hatchery waters. Young scientists are devoting their careers to understanding risk and resilience. Former Washington Governor Gregoire formed a blue ribbon panel on ocean acidification and issued an Executive Order to implement key actions. Washington State is pioneering efforts to tackle ocean acidification so that its waters continue to serve as a source of prosperity and inspiration. We need all hands on deck. http://facingclimatechange.org

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          • Oyster farmers and ocean acidification


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            “The ocean is so acidic that it is dissolving the shells of our baby oysters,” says Diani Taylor of Taylor Shellfish Farms in Shelton, Washington. She and her cousin Brittany are fifth-generation oyster farmers, and are grappling with ocean waters that are more acidic and corrosive than their fathers, grandfathers, and great-grandfathers knew. This “ocean acidification” is one planetary response to humans’ burning of fossil fuels, which releases carbon dioxide that is absorbed by the oceans. According to the National Climate Assessment, oceans currently absorb about a quarter of human-caused carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere, leading to ocean acidification that will alter marine ecosystems in dramatic yet uncertain ways. To learn more about ocean acidification, go to http://NCA2014.globalchange.gov TIP JAR info – If you like our work, please consider supporting us through the green Tip Jar button below. Our videos are 100% funded through grants and donations. Which is one way of saying our budgets are very tight. Thanks for watching.

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            • Ocean acidification - Hermie the hermit crab


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              Ocean acidification is one of the most worrying impacts climate change will have on the Reef. This is a highly complex topic and this animation does not explain the process in detail, rather uses a characters experience of this phenomenon to illicit an emotional understanding that ocean acidification will alter life on coral reefs.

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              • Can a Contest Save the Oceans


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                Faced with ocean acidification and other dangers, our seas are in trouble. Research is needed to solve the gravest problems threatening the oceans, but traditional research is slow and difficult to fund. Does the XPrize have the answer with the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health Prize? We'll see.

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                • Ocean acidification threatens British shellfish industry


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                  Anthropogenic carbon emissions are causing the sea become more acidic with potentially disastrous effects on the British shellfish industry, oyster farms in the US are already feeling the burn... Reporter: Richard Kemeny

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                  • The Amazing World of Coral Reefs Fluorescence


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                    The ongoing study is part of a growing interest in coral fluorescence among the scientific community. Coral Fluorescence was recently found to be a strong indicator of coral health, and coral fluorescence can even be used to determine when coral larvae are ready to settle. The footage was captured using a super macro camera to study the biology of corals in question and microscopic fauna living among this mysterious ecosystem. Coral Guardian focus its research on coral reefs, marine ecosystems that protect coastlines, support tourism and provide nutrition to many island nations. The global deterioration in the quality of these ecosystems has been widely reported over the last 40 years, reflecting the complex interaction between climate change stressors (thermal anomalies, ocean acidification and storms) and chronic or acute local impacts (coastal development, pollution and over-fishing). But, some corals survive, and even thrive in the same conditions that rapidly kill others. Coral Guardian seeks to better understand the biological underpinnings of this variability by defining traits that associate with environmental sensitivity and resistance in corals, and with the resilience of reefs. Our goal in conducting this research is to contribute basic and applied scientific knowledge that expands understanding of how coral reefs function, and informs the management and conservation of these beautiful but threatened ecosystems. https://www.coralguardian.org

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                    • Ocean acidification research in Svalbard - Martin's vlog


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                      German research institute IFM-GEOMAR and environmental organisation Greenpeace start a unique collaborative research project investigation ocean acidification in Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard in the high Arctic.

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