Topics » Climate Change   Dec. 5, 2012

Ocean Acidification: The Other Carbon Problem

Testing the Waters

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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


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