Greenpeace Arctic expedition investigates effects of excess carbon dioxide in oceans

A groundbreaking, Greenpeace-supported experiment investigating how carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution threatens the world’s oceans with acidification, started today at the Arctic scientific base Ny-Ålesund, in Svalbard, 1,200km from the North Pole.

The experiment, the first of its kind, is being led by scientists from the German marine research institute IFM-GEOMAR ( Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences ), with assistance from the Greenpeace ship ‘Esperanza’, as part of the Greenpeace Arctic Under Pressure Expedition [1].

“Increasing carbon dioxide pollution is causing the acidification of our oceans, threatening to damage or destroy fragile marine ecosystems,” said Greenpeace campaigner Frida Bengtsson, on board the ‘Esperanza’. “Like the climate crisis, human fingerprints are all over this looming disaster”.

“Governments gathering in Bonn for the latest round of climate negotiations must add ocean acidification to the list of compelling reasons to agree a fair, ambitious and legally binding deal. We need to end our addiction to fossil fuels, and make immediate and substantial cuts to CO2 emissions,” she said.

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