A sea of change: Ocean acidification threatening coastal waters

There’s something unexpected happening to our oceans. The chemistry of the seawater is changing due to too much carbon dioxide. It’s called “ocean acidification,” and researchers are now finding evidence of this change in our coastal waterways.

The increasing rate and amount of our carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions is progressively affecting the ocean system, causing the acidity of sea water to increase — a number one priority to many carbon and climate scientists. Researchers at NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) in Seattle have been studying this global problem for more than three decades and continue to monitor ocean acidification in all the world’s oceans from coral reefs to deep North Pacific waters.

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