Role of government in ocean acidification

The oceans are more acidic now than they have been for at least 300m years, due to carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels, and a mass extinction of key species may already be almost inevitable as a result, leading marine scientists warning the general public and government to take action. An international audit of the health of the oceans has found that overfishing and pollution are also contributing to the crisis. In the warning yet of the threat to ocean health, the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO) said: “This [acidification] is unprecedented in the Earth’s known history. We are entering an unknown territory of marine ecosystem change, and exposing organisms to intolerable evolutionary pressure. The next mass extinction may have already begun.” 

Momina Naseer, Daily Parliament Times, 27 November 2022. Full article.


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