…so concluded an article in this week’s Economist on the threat of ocean acidification.  The article highlights that as CO2 levels in the atmosphere rise, so some of this carbon is absorbed by the sea making it more acidic.  In turn coral is bleached and there is a risk, albeit hard to quantify, that the ocean food chain may be interrupted.

Having had the luxury of a couple of hours on the Eurostar this morning catching-up on a backlog of reading, I’m coming to the conclusion that the Economist’s tagline about the ubiquity of environmental problems could equally apply to the magazine itself – in the last two issues alone there were a whole catalogue of sustainability problems brought under the magnifying glass.

Even putting aside the on-going news about BP in the Gulf of Mexico, there were: two articles on the threat of wheat rust to global wheat supplies which provides one fifth of humanity’s calorie intake; a lengthy piece on the impact of Palm Oil entitled The Other Oil Spill; and an article noting that 26 years after the Bhopal industrial accident compensation has yet to be paid. 

Finally a link to the Economist’s website argues that Nigeria’s “Oily Mess” overshadows the current Gulf of Mexico leak, the country having “seen around 2,400 fresh spills involving foreign energy companies in the last four years alone.”

It does sometimes seem that wherever you look, there really is always another problem!

7th July 2010