Gallery: Ocean Animals Are Dissolving Due to Rapid Acidification Caused...


A recent study has uncovered the first evidence that chemical changes in the world’s oceans due to an influx of CO2 is causing the shells of some sea animals to dissolve. The study was conducted by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) in the Southern Ocean, where researchers found “severe dissolution” of the shells of living marine snails. The survey attributes this phenomenon to a decline in the alkalinity of the water—a decline that, spurred by carbon emissions, is happening faster now than at any point in the last 300 million years.

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  1. scottg March 1, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Looking at the advancement in research and development of sustainable and more eco-friendly resources I can only hope that we have a break-through with one of these technologies to reduce fossil fuel usage and give back something to these living creatures globally.
    But, I guess with fossil fuels making loads of money the ‘big boys’ will string out its use unless something else makes more money.
    I wish the world wasn’t this way.

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