Section on ocean acidification in the Water and Oceans Program newsletter (Tufts University)

Ever increasing levels of atmospheric CO2 are resulting in an acidufying ocean, and this acidification is progressing at a rate not seen in at least the past 800,000 years (NAS 2010). A comparison with prior times indicates that in fact, “the current rate of (mainly fossil fuel) CO2releases stands out as capable of driving a combination and magnitude of ocean geochemical changes potentially unparalleled in at least 300 million years of Earth history” (Hönisch et al. 2012). By its direct impact on all levels and organisms of marione ecosystems and food webs, ocean acidification poses a serious threat to fisheries, marine ecosystem services, and overall resilience of the oceans. (…)

Moomaw W. & Blankenship S., 2014. Charting a new course for the oceans. Water and Oceans Program / The Fletcher School, Tufts University newsletter 011: 27-28. Article.


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