Breakthrough of the year, areas to watch: Ocean fizz

Acidification of the oceans driven by rising atmospheric carbon dioxide continues apace. The falling pH is bad news for sea creatures, from coral reefs to microscopic plankton. But the looming threat has yet to gain a poster child the likes of global warming’s polar bear. Look for a rising tide of studies confirming the pervasive detrimental effects of ocean acidification, although whether more science will grab the public’s attention is problematic.

Science, 19 December 2008. Article (subscription required).

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