Ocean Acidification Is A Major Problem Facing The World

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Ocean acidification is a major problem facing the world currently. The oceans are become more acidic. This is because oceans soak up one-third of the atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration. Since the beginning of industrialization, there has been an increase in the use of fossil fuels and subsequently an increase of atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration. When oceans take in carbon dioxide, it makes the water more acidic thus negatively affecting marine life. We need to control the ocean acidification from becoming worse and eventually effecting humans.
“Threatening Ocean Life from The Inside Out” by M. Hardt & C. Safina is about the impacts of ocean acidification on marine life as subsequently human life as well. Ocean acidification refers to a reduction in the pH of the ocean over an extended period time, caused primarily by uptake of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. The water is becoming more acidic and negatively effecting marine life. The acidity affects coral and animals like clams and muscles having trouble building their skeletons and shells. It is also impacting the sperm count and the reproductive ability of male animals in the ocean. The oceans’ pH today is 8.1, which is mildly basic, but the conditions we are in right now shows a declining trend. The atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration is almost 390 parts per million (ppm), but it would be even higher if the oceans didn’t soak up 30 million tons of the gas every day (Hardt and Safina, 68). It

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