Sea life at risk as acid levels rise in oceans

Carbon dioxide released by fossil fuel combustion has increased acidity levels of the ocean by 30 percent, and in the decades ahead will create new risks for coral, zooplankton and other creatures that help support North Pacific fisheries, according to researchers who gathered Monday at the University of Washington.

In a two-day workshop that ends today, these scientists are reviewing what is known about this grim corner of climate change and brainstorming ways to measure and assess the threats to a marine ecosystem that yields North America’s largest seafood harvests.

Hal Bernton, Seattle Times Newspaper, 24 April 2007. Article.

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