Hey ocean lovers! If you care about our seas and all that swims in them, then you’ve probably heard about this ocean acidification thing—but you’ve probably also got questions about it. We’ve got two of the best ocean scientists around to provide you with answers.

Acidification is caused by carbon pollution in our atmosphere, which is being absorbed by our oceans and interfering with sea life. It’s also bad for our seafood industry and coastal communities. Lisa Suatoni, an ocean scientist at NRDC, partnered with other scientists- including former NRDC scientist Julie Ekstrom, now at UCDavis- to conduct the first analysis of which U.S. coastal communities are most vulnerable to the impacts of ocean acidification. They will be answering your questions on a Reddit AMA on Wednesday, March 4, at 3 p.m. EST. Please join us!

Yep. That happened. 

Not having the number one cause of climate change, water depletion, deforestation species extinction, and ocean dead zones mentioned in the speeches at the climate change march (in San Diego) was a bit like being in the Twilight Zone. 

Switching from an animal-based to a plant-based diet is the single most effective, immediate, and accessible thing we can each do to dramatically begin lowering emissions right NOW. We don’t have to wait for political will or a decades-long shift to clean energy - or crises. We have overpopulated the world with astronomical amounts of food animals, and whether factory farmed or pastured, it’s not sustainable. Please watch the documentary Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret as soon as possible.

If you agree, please share on Facebook and ReTweet. (On IG @BrainOnHugs.) 

@CamilleSeaman for @icp takeover today we visit the far side of Antarctica in the Ross Sea. Here at Cape Bird on Christmas Day a squall approaches darkening the sky. This is a color image revealing just how monochrome the poles can feel. #camilleseaman #climatechange #capebird #antarctica #rosssea #photography #ice #icp #iceberg #christmasday #meltingaway #polar

Environmental chair throws snowball on Senate floor to rail against global warming

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) does not believe that humans contribute to global warming, and on Thursday he took to the Senate floor with some hard evidence in tow: a snowball. Then he threw it.

 In a speech criticizing  the “hysteria” around global warming, Inhofe – who  chairs the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works –  pointed to a particular snowstorm five years ago that set a new  record at the time, seemingly suggesting that heavy snowfall is  proof against climate change.

Seal, it’s what’s for dinner.

A young boy helps carry a recently shot seal back to camp on the sea ice outside of Kivalina, Alaska.

Subsistence hunting is as much about survival as it is preservation of culture. The ice camp is an annual tradition that happens when ice leads open and the whales begin migrating north. Extended families will set up canvas tents, the floors covered with blankets and animal skins, while nearer the ice’s edge hunters sit and watch the black water for a ripple and spout of a whale.

Climate change is causing the ice to form later and melt earlier, not only exposing the coastal village to devastating winter storms, but jeopardizing cultural traditions spanning generations.

Image made in 2008 on assignment for Der Spiegel.

#fromthearchives #1DMKII #inupiat #native #culture #kivalina #alaska #arctic #landscape #chukchi #sea #subsistence #hunting #tradition #climatechange #everydayclimatechange #journalism #photojournalism

@gideonmendel for @icphotog | My focus for this takeover today will be the floods at the start of 2014 that had a huge impact on England after the wettest winter ever recorded. These were relatively close to my home and through this period I made a number of trips to Somerset, getting to know some of the flood victims and developing a strong connection with the area around Burrowbridge where a number of villages and a vast area of farmland was inundated. This photograph was taken from the church tower in Muchelney, the village that was cut off in all directions by the floodwater for almost eight weeks. #flooding #floods #climatechangeisreal #climatechange #drowningworld #somerset #globalwarming #

Photographer: @BrianSkerry / © Brian Skerry

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Location: #Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence #StLawrence.
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Harp Seal Kiss - A harp seal mom sniffs her pup before feeding to make sure it is indeed her pup. A behavior known as the ‘Harp Seal Kiss’ photographed at sunset in Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence.
This species faces growing challenges with the loss of sea ice due to climate change. Photographed #onassignment for @natgeo.
@thephotosociety @natgeocreative #harpseals #seals #climatechange
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@edkashi for @icp | A cracked glass pane reflects the drought stricken landscape as Manny Encinias, 39, looks out over his herd of cattle in Clayton, New Mexico, on July 29, 2013. Because of its agriculture-based livelihood, the bread basket of the U.S. is severely impacted by #climatechange. @viiphoto #drought