Ocean acidification is evil: a not-so-great poem

Ocean acidification is evil.
Ocean species expect great upheaval.

Horrific for survival, expect no survival
Second worst for calcification, what an abomination!
Dire but better for growing with all signs of slowing.
Photosynthesis and reproduction fair the best, but unpleasant like all the rest.

If you’re a calcifying organism, kiss you sweet hardened ass goodbye.
Because it’s marked with a giant bull’s eye.

Badness all around but in varying ways!
If acidification is the Tea Party, then ocean species are the gays.

Kristy J. Kroeker, Rebecca L. Kordas, Ryan N. Crim, & Gerald G. Singh (2010). Meta-analysis reveals negative yet variable effects of ocean acidification on marine organisms Ecology Letters, 13, 1419-1434 : 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2010.01518.x

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.