Nearly half the carbon dioxide we spew into the atmosphere is taken up the earth’s oceans, moderating our impact on the greenhouse effect. But when carbon dioxide is absorbed by water it creates carbonic acid. The acidification of earth’s oceans is taking a toll on ocean ecosystems.
Listen to NPR reporter Richard Harris’s report on one study of the how “Mussels Lose Out as Carbon Dioxide Changes the Ocean”
The Physical Environment textbook links: Carbon Dioxide.
Image Courtesy NOAA Ocean Explorer (Source)