Ocean acidification

After reading the EHP news article In Hot Water: Global Warming Takes a Toll on Coral Reefs, students conduct experiments that simulate ocean acidification resulting from excess atmospheric carbon dioxide and discuss potential human implications of increases in ocean temperatures and acidification due to climate change.

Background information

The oceans and human health are connected together: each affects the health and well-being of the other. Seventy percent of the Earth is covered by oceans, and they provide valuable biological and physical processes for the planet. Sixty percent of the human population live on or near the coast, meaning that a decline in the health of the oceans would affect human health. Similarly, human activities affect the health of the oceans. Oceans provide great health benefits for humans, including food resources, recreation, and resources for treating diseases. The degradation of coasts, changes in climate, and increased pollution can pose human health risks.

Carroll, C., 2011. Ocean acidification. Environmental Health Perspectives, doi:10.1289/ehp.scied008a. Article and lessons.

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