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Ocean Acidification: Starting with the Science

cover imageExcess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere – in addition to contributing to climate change – is absorbed by the ocean, making sea water more acidic and leading to a suite of changes in ocean chemistry. Preliminary evidence suggests ocean acidification will have negative effects on corals, shellfish, and other marine life, with wide-ranging consequences for ecosystems, fisheries, and tourism. The National Research Council’s Ocean Studies Board produced a report and a number of supporting materials focusing on ocean acidification. Learn more here.