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Effects of Ocean Acidification on Marine LifeEffects of Ocean Acidification on Marine Life
Image Credit: John MacNeill for Climate Central (2010)

Ocean Acidification: The Other Carbon Dioxide Problem

The ocean absorbs about a quarter of the CO2 we release into the atmosphere every year, so as atmospheric CO2 levels increase, so do the levels in the ocean… [D]ecades of ocean observations now show that…the CO2 absorbed by the ocean is changing the chemistry of the seawater, a process called OCEAN ACIDIFICATION.

~ PIMEL Carbon Group, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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