August 1, 2013
Our Once and Future Oceans: Taking Lessons From Earth’s Past
. In an effort to predict how earth’s ocean’s will be affected by rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, scientists are looking to a period of the earth’s history over 50 million ago when the planet was much hotter and carbon dioxide levels were much higher for clues. Paul Falkowski
, a professor at Rutgers University notes that there could be significant changes to all the planet’s ecosystems as a result of changes to the ocean’s chemistry and hydrological processes.