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Lobster sex

August
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The chances of two adult lobsters making baby lobsters may take a hit from global warming. The carbon dioxide pollution that is playing a role in climate change can cause a weak acid to form in the world’s oceans. That could reduce “the fertilization of marine invertebrates and might eventually wipe out colonies of sea urchins, lobsters, mussels and oysters, according to a study.”

“Climate change and the subsequent acidification of the world’s oceans will significantly reduce the successful fertilization of certain marine species by the year 2100, said the report by Australian and Swedish scientists.

“If you look at projected rates (of acidity) for the year 2100, we are finding a 25 percent reduction in fertilization,” lead-scientist Jane Williamson from Macquarie University told Reuters on Friday.”


For other lobster information, here’s an earlier post.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, August 19th, 2008 at 1:39 pm by Mike Risinit. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Category: Climate change, Global warming, lobsters

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SBenischekJournal News staff writer Greg Clary writes Earth Watch, reporting on environmental issues in the lower Hudson region. Clary has been a reporter, editor and columnist at the Journal News since 1988 and has covered police and courts, transportation, municipal government, development and the environment in the Lower Hudson Valley, among other topics.
Laura IncalcaterraLaura Incalcaterra covers the environment, open space and zoning and planning issues for The Journal News. A Boston College graduate, Laura grew up in Rockland, attended East Ramapo schools and has worked for The Journal News since 1993. Laura has written features and covered North Rockland, crime, government and a host of other issues.
SBenischekMike Risinit covers Patterson and Kent in Putnam County, as well as environmental topics touching on the Hudson River and the Great Swamp. Risinit has been a reporter at The Journal News since 1998.
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