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What Does Rising Acidity in the Gulf of Mexico Mean for Sea Life and for Us?

The Gulf of Mexico has been absorbing large amounts of carbon dioxide created by burning fossil fuels and other human endeavors. Both NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have been observing the acidification of oceans for some time. So what does increasing acid in our oceans mean — both for sea life […]

The Gulf of Mexico has been absorbing large amounts of carbon dioxide created by burning fossil fuels and other human endeavors. Both NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have been observing the acidification of oceans for some time. So what does increasing acid in our oceans mean — both for sea life and humankind? And what can we do about this issue?

We discuss ocean acidification and what it means for the Gulf of Mexico with Paul Montagna, Endowed Chair for Ecosystem Studies and Modeling at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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