23 Jan '12, 5am

Study Links Rising Ocean Acidification to CO2 Emissions

Study Links Rising Ocean Acidification to CO2 Emissions

Earth's oceans may be an inconceivably vast ecosystem home to countless species yet unknown to science, but a new study reaffirms that they too are susceptible to the damaging impact of carbon emissions released by humans. According to researchers from the University of Hawaii, ocean acidity levels in some regions have spiked more quickly in the last 200 years than in the preceding 21 thousand years -- threatening the future existence of some of the planet's most important marine life. While airborne CO2 emissions are already considered a key factor to climate change on the planet's surface, researchers say that nearly a third of all emissions released by humans actually wind up absorbed into the oceans -- and that the resulting acidification could have devastating effects on aquatic organisms. To measure rises in acidification, researchers examined the levels of a calcium...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/ocean-conservation/rising-ocean...

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