Protect our oceans from oil drilling’s invisible threat: acidification

Act now to stop ocean acidification. The EPA is seeking your input on how to address ocean acidification — a process that opens the door to greater opportunities to regulate the emissions that are causing ocean acidification. It is extremely important that the EPA hears from you in support of protecting our oceans and coasts from acidification.

The oceans absorb about 22 million tons of CO2 pollution daily, causing seawater to become more acidic. Ocean acidification prevents crucial marine life such as plankton, shellfish, and corals from building the protective shells they need to survive. Scientists warn that if we do not rapidly reduce atmospheric CO2, our oceans will dramatically change and entire ocean ecosystems could unravel from the bottom up due to acidification. It’s not too late to act, but time is short.

Center for Biological Diversity, 19 May 2010. Full article and letter.

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