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Lobster sex


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