These U.S. communities are most at risk from ocean acidification

February 23, 2015 5:05 PM

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The rising acidity of the world’s oceans could devastate coastal communities around the United States over the next century, according to a new analysis. And because ocean acidification is exacerbated by other water quality problems such as agriculture and urban runoff, regions along the Gulf Coast and Atlantic seaboard, which were formerly considered less vulnerable, now look to be among the most at risk.

To date, most ocean acidification research has focused on better understanding which organisms will be the most vulnerable to rising acid levels, without considering the economic role those organisms play. The new work makes this link explicit, at least with shellfish, an industry that generates nea...

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