Cities in U.S. will absorb the heat of climate change

(…) Ocean acidification, Seattle and Juneau, Alaska

Ocean acidification, the shifting of the ocean’s water toward the acidic side of its chemical balance, has been driven by excess carbon dioxide in the ocean due to climate change. In the Northwest, ocean acidification threatens culturally and commercially significant marine species that are directly affected by changes in ocean chemistry (such as oysters) and those affected by changes in the marine food web (such as Pacific salmon).

Acidification has brought increasingly corrosive seawater to the surface along the West Coast and the inlets of Puget Sound, a center of the $111 million shellfish industry in the Pacific Northwest, for example.

Doyle Rice, USA Today, 7 May 2014. Article.

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