08 Jun '11, 4pm

Today's oceans are 30% more acidic than they were 150 years ago. It's time to address this urgent problem:

One year from now, nations from around the world will convene to discuss the future of our planet at the Earth Summit 2012 . As NRDC’s President Frances Beinecke says so well, this global meeting must be one of action , and not of lofty promises. There is precious little time to waste, and the issue of ocean acidification highlights the urgency for action. Carbon dioxide (CO2) from burning fossil fuels is changing the fundamental chemistry of our oceans. CO2 reacts with sea water to form carbonic acid. As atmospheric CO2 has risen, the oceans have become 30% more acidic over the last 150 years. This effect is measurable and undisputed, and affects all of the world’s oceans. At the Earth Summit, NRDC is calling on the international community to develop, on an urgent basis, an integrated, international program aimed at monitoring the chemical and biological changes resulting...

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