Ocean acidification: the other CO2 problem

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Everybody has heard of the ice core records – going back 800,000 years – showing repeat patterns of rising atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations and rising global temperatures. Climate change is a hot topic. But the other CO2 problem – the acidification of the oceans – still goes largely unrecognized. Neither the scientific literature nor the more popular variety has offered much
coverage of the issue. A quick trawl through Times online throws up more than 5,000 hits for the words ‘climate change’, but only a dozen for ‘ocean acidification’ (April 2008). This is a totally unscientific indicator, of course, but it is nonetheless a reasonable measure of what is going on in terms of our understanding, and indeed basic awareness, of this other big CO2 problem.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnvironment on the Edge 2007/08
PublisherUnited Nations
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)978-92-807-2993-1
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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