Ocean acidification – the next big environmental problem?

Amidst the smoke and noise of the debate over green house gases and their role in global climate change, there is another, less-known but just as insidious, effect of increased atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2). As the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increases, the pH of the ocean is dropping – a phenomenon called “ocean acidification.”

The term “ocean acidification” is somewhat misleading. On the pH scale, seven is neutral, anything below seven is acidic, and anything above is basic. Which means ocean water is slightly basic since historically, the pH of ocean water has fluctuated between 8.1 and 8.3.

Dr. James Sanders, Waterside News, 28 June 2011. Full article.

1 Response to “Ocean acidification – the next big environmental problem?”

  1. 1 doctor 29 June 2011 at 22:11

    i’m wondering why this article was featured because it doesn’t add anything new and is very average

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