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World Oceans Day 2012: The Impact of Carbon

Submitted by: Martha Shaw

Posted: Jun 07, 2012 – 11:30 PM EST

Tags: oceans, world oceans day, carbon emissions, environment, csrwire


Changes in Earth’s atmosphere mean changes in Earth’s Oceansphere. The atmosphere touches the ocean on 70% of the Earth’s surface. Further:

  • 25% of carbon emissions are absorbed by the sea.
  • For 20 million years, sea water chemistry was stable.
  • The burning of fossil fuels only began in the late 18th century. Throughout time, the fossils had remained buried.
  • 21.3 billion tons of carbon dioxide are emitted every year, making our oceans acidic. Acid corrodes protective shells and bones of marine life.
  • In coastal seas, the structure of reef systems has weakened. Yet, islands need reefs as buffers to waves and storm surge...and rising seas.

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