Ocean acidification: The ‘other CO2 problem’

Enhanced levels of greenhouse gases are not only changing our climate, but when the additional carbon dioxide (CO2 ) released into the atmosphere dissolves in sea water, this results in ocean acidification – the ‘other CO2 problem’.

Ocean acidification has only recently been noticed, yet its implications may be as great as the global temperature increases arising from climate change.

Whilst climate change may be diffuse and difficult to track, ocean acidification is measurable, predictable and progressive.

EPOCA – the European Project on OCean Acidification, has published a new guide to provide a fresh look at this global problem.

The guide covers how sure the international scientific community is about what is already happening to the ocean; what the future may hold for the ocean in a CO2 world; and explores the consequences for us all.

1 Response to “Ocean acidification: The ‘other CO2 problem’”


  1. 1 David Partridge 4 November 2010 at 17:30

    Some of you may have read Matt Ridley’s article in “the Times” basicly rubbishing the sgnificance of ocean acidification.
    This article summarizes his ideas as extracted from his recent book “The Rational Optimist”.

    For a detailed rebuttal of many of his points by a series of scientific experts please see the New Scientist Culturelab Forum at:
    http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/culturelab/2010/06/matt-ridley-comments.html


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