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The world’s oceans provide critical resources and services for billions of people; they are the main transport system (accommodating 90% of world trade), a major food source, and a reservoir of fuels and renewable energy sources. Ocean acidification is caused by the growing accumulation of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. As the oceans absorb CO2 , pH decreases, making seawater more acidic and threatening numerous marine species, especially calcifying organisms (e.g., primary producers, corals, and crustaceans). This educational film, produced by the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, explains the ocean acidification problem and what actions could be taken to reduce risks.

Plymouth Marine Laboratory
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plankton, outreach, marine, oceans, seas

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Plymouth Marine Laboratory. (May 9, 2011). Ocean acidification: Connecting science, industry, policy, and public. Retrieved from CAKE: