Researchers claim the rising levels of oceanic acidity can be attributed to CO2 emissions. The sea absorbs roughly 30% of the carbon dioxide used by humans, which equates to approximately 530 billion tons of gas that have entered the oceans thus far, at a current rate of one million tons per hour. By lowering the pH level of the oceans, we are irretrievably altering the biochemical makeup of the seas, and permanently damaging the ecosystem in the process. Since the Industrial Revolution, the pH of the ocean has dropped from 8.2 to 8.1; it may seem small, but scientists describe this .1 drop as “devastating.”
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