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Dire outlook for shellfish in a high CO2 world

Shellfish living in the world’s temperate coastal ecosystems are under threat from increasing ocean acidification, says Smithsonian scientist Whitman Miller. The acidification is being caused by rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, Miller reported in the journal PLoS ONE. For shellfish and other organisms that have calcium carbonate shells, the problem begins when atmospheric CO2 […]

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Ocean acidification speeding up

University of Chicago scientists have established that as well as ocean acidification increasing much more rapidly than previously thought, there is also a strong correlation with rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide. “Of the variables the study examined that are linked to changes in ocean acidity, only atmospheric carbon dioxide exhibited a corresponding steady change,” […]

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