Study: Major CO2 polluters most vulnerable to ocean acidification

Some of the world’s largest carbon dioxide emitters will suffer the most from ocean acidification as a result of global warming according to a new study by the advocacy group Oceana.

Japan, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Australia — among the top 10 polluters — are the most vulnerable to the condition in which carbon dioxide emissions decrease the pH of seawater, killing coral and marine life. The United States and China, the world’s largest carbon emitters, ranked 13 and eight, respectively, according to the study.

The vulnerability of a nation to ocean acidification is based on the nation’s dependence on coral reefs, the size of its fishery and its fish and shellfish consumption patterns. Nations at high latitudes are especially vulnerable, as acidification tends to occur sooner in their waters, Oceana, a ocean protection and restoration advocacy group, said.

Amanda DeBard, The Washington Times, 3 December 2009. Full article.

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