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NOVA special examines carbon emission impacts on Earth’s oceans




In this handout photo provided by Greenpeace, Activists paint the message
In this handout photo provided by Greenpeace, Activists paint the message "Reef in Danger" on the side of coal ship Chou San on March 7, 2012 in Gladstone, Australia.
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Earth’s atmosphere is seeing historically high carbon emission levels.

Carbon dioxide emissions are released when we breathe, drive cars, or fly in planes. We’re all experiencing the effects of climate change from emissions on land, but what are the effects off land, in our oceans?

PBS’s program NOVA takes a closer look into how carbon emissions have influenced a coral garden in Papua New Guinea, and if new scientific discoveries will be able to reverse damages done by decades of air pollution.

Mark Green, professor in the Natural Sciences Department at Saint Joseph’s College is featured in the upcoming NOVA special Lethal Seas on PBS. Green joins us to discuss his work studying marine life and whether ocean life will be able to endure the long-term effects of carbon emissions.

NOVA’s Lethal Seas premieres tonight (May 13) on KOCE (PBS) at 9 pm.

Guest:

Mark Green, Professor Natural Sciences Department at Saint Joseph’s College in Maine