National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
United States Department of Commerce


FY 2010

Ocean acidification

Doney, S.C., and R.A. Feely

Educ. Chem., 46(6), 182–187 (2009)

More than a quarter of the carbon dioxide we release by burning fossil fuels is absorbed by the ocean where it reduces ocean pH and alters seawater carbonate chemistry. If we do not act to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions, these changes in ocean chemistry could have a devastating impact on many shell-forming organisms, such as corals and some plankton, and marine ecosystems as a whole.

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