Learn more about Ocean Acidification: The Other CO2 ProblemTo learn more about the science behind the film, see a list of citations.
ACID TEST, a film produced by NRDC, was made to raise awareness about the largely unknown problem of ocean acidification, which poses a fundamental challenge to life in the seas and the health of the entire planet. Like global warming, ocean acidification stems from the increase of carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere since the start of the Industrial Revolution.
Leading scientific experts on the problem, many of whom appear in the film and the outtakes below, believe that it's possible to cut back on global warming pollution, improve the overall health and durability of our oceans, and prevent serious harm to our world, but only if action is taken quickly and decisively.
The film originally aired on Discovery Planet Green. An Entertainment Industry Foundation grant provided the core funding for this film. Cinematographers Howard and Michele Hall and Nel Boshoff provided footage, and many other people assisted greatly in the making of ACID TEST. To learn more about the movie and who was responsible for it (and get an idea of what it was like to work with narrator Sigourney Weaver), read co-director Daniel Hinerfeld's blog.
See the 2 minute trailer for ACID TEST.
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) describes NRDC's 'Acid Test' movie during markup of the Climate Change & Energy Bill in the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee.
Scientists Lisa Suatoni, Ken Caldeira and Ove Hoegh-Guldberg discuss the damage ocean acidification is causing coral reefs, and Lisa Suatoni shares a personal anecdote about snorkeling with her children.
Fisherman Bruce Steele shares his theory about why we care less about the oceans, and scientists Steve Palumbi and Ken Caldeira explain how the largest creatures in the ocean are dependent on the smallest ones. They explain how ocean acidification could disrupt the entire food web, with dire consequences.
What happens when excess carbon dioxide mixes with ocean water? How does that affect our planet? Fisherman Bruce Steele and several scientists (Victoria Fabry, Ken Caldeira, Steve Palumbi and Ove Hoegh-Guldberg) explain what's happening to our oceans, and why ocean acidification is such an urgent issue.
How can ocean acidification be prevented? NRDC's Ralph Cavanagh and scientists Ken Caldeira, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg and Steve Palumbi discuss the steps we need to take, and how helping our oceans can directly benefit for our economy.
Scientist Steve Palumbi discusses what's at stake, and Ken Caldeira explains how this is not just an economic issue, but also a moral one. Both men talk about their frustration that we don't seem to be doing enough to prevent this catastrophe. (Also featuring fisherman Bruce Steele, and scientists Lisa Suatoni and Ove Hoegh-Guldberg.)
Philippe Cousteau discusses the consequences of ocean acidification and offers tips on what individuals can do to help.
More on SwitchboardExplore the consequences and solutions to ocean acidification on the NRDC blog.
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- posted by Lisa Suatoni, 1/24/14
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Reviews and Promos
"I have to admit, directing Sigourney was [...] a bit daunting, particularly when she responded to one suggestion by asking for a line reading."
Read co-director Daniel Hinerfeld's blog
"What happens if there's no more 'shell' in shellfish?"
Read the feature in USA Today
"Dive into the NRDC's new documentary Acid Test and you're immediately immersed in a beautiful undersea world"
Read the review on Grist.org
Directors: Tristan Bayer and Daniel Hinerfeld
Producer: Erin Kiley
Associate Producers: Lisa Suatoni and Lisa Whiteman
Editor: Christopher Johnson
Funder: Entertainment Industry Foundation
Major contributors: Kelly Meyer, Howard and Michele Hall, Warner Bros.
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