Ocean acidification as an emerging issue (box on ocean acidification in book chapter)

Since the industrial revolution and the increase in the anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions, surface ocean pH has on average dropped by 0.1 units, from 8.25 to 8.14, equal to a 30% increase in acidity. Rising global CO2 emissions could result in average ocean pH falling by 0.5 units by 2100. Acidification could then reach a level that has not been seen for millions of years, with potential impacts on sea life and all the goods and services ocean provides. (…)

Owen M., Depledge M., De Lurio J., Bardsley S. & Palomino M. A., 2014. Emerging issues in oceans and human health: managing uncertainty and new knowledge. In Bowen R. et al. (Eds.), Oceans and Human Health: Implications for Society and Well-Being, Chapter 10, p. 267-290. Book chapter.

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