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|Researchers struggle to assess responses to ocean acidification|In: Science (Washington). American Association for the Advancement of Science: New York, N.Y.. ISSN 0036-8075, more
Acidification; Carbon dioxide; Emissions; Oceans; Marine
Unlike many areas of global change, there's no argument that rising CO2 emissions will make the world's oceans more acidic. Average pH in surface waters is now 8.1—a 30% increase in acidity since the start of the industrial revolution—and forecasters say it could drop to 7.8 by 2100 if carbon emissions continue unabated. But how fisheries and other marine life will respond is far from clear.