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Ocean Acidification: The Facts

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Roberts, D, Ocean Acidification Reference User Group, Ocean Acidification: The Facts, A special introductory guide for policy advisers and decision makers, EPOCA, France, pp. 1-12. (2009) [Government or Industry Research]


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There is a clear consensus from the many scientific statements that are now being made about ocean acidification, that rapid, unprecedented changes are occurring. This introductory guide is written especially for policy advisers and decision makers worldwide and is a wake-up call about the double impact on our seas of climate change and ocean acidification caused by increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. It sets out the basic facts about the alarming and progressive acidification of the ocean that is threatening our marine ecosystems. The Earth’s geological record shows that previous episodes of ocean acidification were linked to mass extinctions of some species, and it is reasonable to assume that this episode could have the same consequences. There can be little doubt that the ocean is undergoing dramatic changes that will impact many human lives now and in the coming generations, unless we act quickly and decisively.

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Item Type:Government or Industry Research
Keywords:ocean acidification
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Ecological Applications
Research Field:Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Climate and Climate Change
Objective Field:Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Environments (excl. Social Impacts)
Author:Roberts, D (Dr Donna Roberts)
ID Code:75190
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2012-01-17
Last Modified:2012-01-17
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