Ocean Acidification: The Other Carbon Problem
Testing the Waters
Renee Carlton, a NOAA researcher at a lab in Miami, Fla., studies how increased levels of carbon dioxide affects coral reefs. Since the Industrial Revolution in the 1800s, ocean pH levels have dropped .1 pH unit, a change that sea life hadn't experienced in 800,000 years, said Sarah Cooley, a chemical oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Read the story: Coral Reefs and Shellfish Battle Acidifying Oceans