CO2 damaging marine life

Scientists from the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC) have published the first field evidence of a link between ocean acidification and a decrease in the shell-making ability of some marine organisms.

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Climate Change and released on 9 March 2009 in Nature Geoscience, the study compared the shell weights of microscopic marine animals – called forams – from the Southern Ocean with those of older, pre-industrial forams preserved in sediments on the sea floor.

The researchers found that shells in today’s more acidic oceans are thinner than pre-industrial specimens.



Science alert, 10 March 2009. Article.

1 Response to “CO2 damaging marine life”


  1. 1 thewoopinfofacts 10 March 2009 at 17:51

    How much do we have to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, to stop the acidification of the oceans?

    Thanks,
    Sotiris

    P.S.:You can also visit my eco-blog:

    http://thewifacts.wordpress.com


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