Make more efforts to tackle rising ocean acidity, say European scientists

European scientists are calling for more efforts in tackling rising ocean acidity.

The ‘Impacts of Ocean Acidification’ science policy briefing presented by the European Science Foundation on May 20 for European Maritime Day 2010 gives a comprehensive view of current research.

Prepared by leading scientists from Europe and the USA, it highlights the need for a concerted, integrated effort internationally to research and monitor the effects of ocean acidification on marine environments and human communities.

The seas and oceans, which absorb almost a third of the greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere, are rapidly becoming more acidic due to increases in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels.

Carbon dioxide produces carbonic acid when it dissolves in seawater and up to now, the oceans have buffered the effects of global warming by absorbing almost a third of the carbon dioxide emitted from human fossil fuel use.

Today the oceans are more acidic than they have ever been for at least 20 million years.

oneindia, 20 May 2010. Full article.

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