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Ocean Acidification Is Becoming a Bigger Problem for the Atlantic Ocean

Source: TakePart/Emily Gertz - February 4, 2016 in Environment, Featured

Ocean Acidification Is Becoming a Bigger Problem for the Atlantic Ocean
Sunset Over the Gulf of Maine. Photo: NASA/SABOR/Wayne Slade, Sequoia Scientific/Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Over the past 10 years, the Atlantic Ocean has soaked up 50 percent more carbon dioxide than it did the decade before, measurably speeding up the acidification of the ocean, according to a new study.

The paper published Saturday in the journal Global Biogeochemical Cycles, “shows the large impact all of us are having on the environment,” Ryan Woosley, of the University of Miami, said in a statement. “Our use of fossil fuels isn’t only causing the climate to change, but also affects the oceans by decreasing the pH.”

Burning oil, coal, and natural gas for energy and destruction of forests are the leading causes of the carbon dioxide emissions driving climate change. The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has risen from 355 parts per million in 1989 to just over 400 ppm in 2015.

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