COSEE Ocean Systems: News
Cruises cut a slice through the Atlantic's carbon pie
Description: Burning fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and about a third of it winds up being absorbed by the ocean. This uptake slows the impact of carbon dioxide on Earth's temperature, but it comes at the cost of ocean acidification that harms shellfish, coral, and other marine life. According to 2016 research the amount of fossil-fuel carbon absorbed by the Atlantic Ocean increased significantly between the 1990s and the 2000s, causing surface pH to drop by roughly 0.4% per year. [Source: NOAA]
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Source: NOAA
Publish Date: 6/5/2018
Reading Level: Basic
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