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Ocean Acidification: The Other Climate Change Issue

Carbon dioxide from the atmosphere reacts with coastal water to increase the acidity of the ocean, a trend that threatens many marine ecosystems

Ashanti Johnson, Natasha White

The ocean plays a significant role in sequestering carbon from the atmosphere, but this carbon then contributes to a steep rise in the acidity of the seawater. The effects of ocean acidification fall not just on certain species or particular regions, but throughout the food webs of the globe. Although planning and resource management hold some promise for addressing the threat of acidification, the unpredictable time scale and the variable nature of its effects remain stubborn challenges.


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