10 Tweetable Facts About Ocean Acidification

underwater sea life including coral and fish

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1. The ocean today absorbs nearly a third of the carbon dioxide we produce

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2. Acidic water makes it harder for some creatures like oysters, corals, and mussels to form shells

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3. Ocean acidification is sometimes referred to as “osteoporosis of the sea”

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4. The ocean has absorbed so much CO2 that overall acidity levels are rising

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5. Ocean acidification affects creatures up and down the food chain–from plankton to whales

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6. Scientists are surprised at how sensitive plants and animals are to even small changes in CO2 levels

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7. Ocean acidification is compromising the ability of all ocean life to sustain itself

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8. For many creatures, acid is deadly. Their shells disintegrate

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9. Scientists are concerned that we are changing the ocean’s chemistry faster than organisms can adapt

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10. There is only one known way to stop acidification: to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide

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TOPICS: Climate Change, Ocean Acidification