|Also from NOAA|
For most of recent history, the oceans have been slightly basic. However, with increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the above chemical reaction is happening more and more, and the ocean is becoming more acidic. It is believed that the ocean absorbs 30-40% of all carbon dioxide, and that the acidity of the oceans has increased 30% as well. This can have negative consequences for the many ocean creatures that pull other chemicals out of water.
Most of the proposed solutions to increasing atmospheric carbon aren't solutions at all, but draconian restrictions on affordable energy and unrealistic targets for emission reduction. Such policies are so bad economically that Europe, previously a leader in decreasing carbon emissions, has reversed itself and now loosened its emission guidelines. The same is happening in Japan. Clearly, decreasing emissions is not a viable solution currently.
If you look at the graph at the top of this post (carbon in the atmosphere), you will see that it actually is saw toothed in shape. This is due to seasonal variation, or the decrease in carbon dioxide in the air during summer because of uptake from plants undergoing photosynthesis. Plants pull carbon from the air, use it during photosynthesis, and store it in sugars and wood (cellulose), potentially long term. If we planted enough trees, even if we then harvested these trees for timber, we could dramatically reduce or even stop the increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. This would slow or stop ocean acidification, in addition to making moot the debate about global warming.
How can plant more trees? Isn't most land with enough moisture to grow trees already growing crops for food? This was the case, there way little more arable land, until the invention of the Groasis Waterboxx.
The Groasis Waterboxx was invented to plant trees and other plants in very dry areas without irrigation. The Groasis Waterboxx collects dew and rain water using its lotus leaf inspired lid. This water is stored in a reservoir, and slowly released through a wick to the roots of a growing plant. This allows the plant (usually a tree), to develop deep roots that reach underground capillary water. When the tree reaches this water, it is drought resistant and the Waterboxx can be removed and reused.
|The Groasis Waterboxx|
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