How are CO2 emissions linked to ocean acidification?



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    CO2 emissions are actually directly linked with ocean acidification.  All oceans absorb the carbon dioxide from our fossil fuel emissions, and this is predicted to have a large impact on their pH levels.  When CO2 is absorbed and then dissolved in ocean water, it causes it’s composition to become more acidic.  The current absorption rate has increased to a point that is now higher than any other point in the 300 million years we have on geological record.  What also has been found is that the ocean’s CO2 absorption process is actually much slower than that of the atmosphere’s.  Therefore, the effects from CO2 emissions actually show up later in our ocean’s than they do in the atmosphere.

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