What Everybody Ought to Know About Ocean Acidification
As focus on the state of the ocean continues to gain prominence in today’s papers and across social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, we hear more and more about “ocean acidification”. So what is it? Ocean acidification essentially refers to changes in the chemistry of the ocean as it absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere. According to NOAA, “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.”
As marine researchers continue their work to understand this phenomenon, we see a number of findings that show how it is having negative effects on our oceans. In a recent study conducted by scientists from Plymouth University, the University of Washington, and the University of Palermo, researchers found that ocean acidification is weakening algal skeletons, further affecting marine biodiversity.
“Even a small loss of skeletal calcification caused by exposure to corrosive waters can have a significant impact and leave algae at risk of losing access to light and nutrients.”
The more we know and discover about our oceans and the effects of phenomenons like ocean acidification, the higher our chance’s for success will be when developing conservation efforts.
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