I read with interest John Lindsey’s column Sunday about ocean acidification and the companion piece about the acidic effect on shellfish production in Maine and the Northwest. Unlike the very complex climate change debate, the chemistry here is so simple that even a senator would have trouble denying that mankind is materially impacting our ocean’s environment.
So what? Well, we get about 50 percent of the oxygen we depend on from the organisms in the oceans. What is the impact on them? Do we know? Is this the gorilla in the room that we ignore at our grandchildren’s peril? Does anyone reading this letter have an answer? Is this a worthy area for research at Cal Poly? I’m looking for rigorous scientific answers that allow me to sleep better.