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Ocean Acidification Hotspots
Overview
As carbon dioxide increases in our atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels, it also dissolves in our seas. The ocean absorbs approximately one-quarter of the carbon dioxide we put into the atmosphere when we burn fossil fuels and clear land. When carbon dioxide dissolves into water it becomes an acid, lowering the ocean's pH. Scientists refer to this steady shift in ocean chemistry as ocean acidification (OA) and it will eventually profoundly impact marine species and ecosystems.
States are Vulnerable to Ocean Acidification
Fact Sheet
According to a new assessment of the most vulnerable communities across the United States to ocean acidification, many states are at high risk of economic harm. Communities and governments can still take action, researchers say.
Acid Test: The Global Challenge of Ocean Acidification
Overview
ACID TEST, a film produced by NRDC, was made to raise awareness about the largely unknown problem of ocean acidification, which poses a fundamental challenge to life in the seas and the health of the entire planet. Like global warming, ocean acidification stems from the increase of carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere since the start of the Industrial Revolution.
Ocean Acidification: The Other CO2 Problem
Increased carbon dioxide is changing the chemistry of the earth’s oceans, threatening marine life

Overview
Over the last decade, scientists have discovered that increased CO2 is actually changing the chemistry of the sea and proving harmful for many forms of marine life. This process is known as ocean acidification. A more acidic ocean could wipe out species, disrupt the food web and impact fishing, tourism and any other human endeavor that relies on the sea.

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