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Marine Species Face Extinction Risk, Courtesy Carbon Emissions

by VR Sreeraman on March 4, 2012 at 4:42 PM
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 Marine Species Face Extinction Risk, Courtesy Carbon Emissions

Carbon emissions have put marine species at risk of ecological catastrophe. The oceans are acidifying at a faster rate, due to carbon emissions, threatening the survival of the species.

When seawater becomes too acid, corals and shrimp-like plankton at the bottom of the food chain cannot survive.

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The knock-on effects can lead to widespread mass extinction of marine species - and is believed to have done in the past.

In the last 100 years atmospheric carbon dioxide has risen to about 30 percent above pre-industrial levels.

New research has shown that even during periods of past mass extinctions the ocean acidity rate nowhere near matched what it is is today.

Source: IANS
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