The Story Group
You will be interested to know about this independent, multimedia journalism company. The stories in their documentaries convey information we need to know about Climate Change. The Story Group believes that storytelling remains a powerful tool in covering the critical issues of our times.
In May, the group began the roll-out of a Climate Change series, produced in support of the 2014 National Climate Assessment. The videos portray real stories, told by real people, about how climate change is affecting our lives…now.
Embedded below, is a video shot in the Pacific Northwest that directly relates to our studies in the Oregon Master Naturalist Program.
The other films in the series can be found on The Story Group website: http://thestorygroup.org
Oyster farmers and ocean acidification
(Cut from source; 6-3-14; http://vimeo.com/93272507) 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 the National Climate Assessment Report: NCA2014.globalchange.gov
Will Mollusks be able to Adapt to Acidification?
This article explores the answer to this question. A marine biologist at Yale University explores how well mollusks and other shell-building organisms might evolve to live in increasingly corrosive ocean conditions caused by soaring CO2 emissions.