U.S. coastal communities threatened by from ocean acidification

February 23, 2015 7:41 PM

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While most reports of ocean acidification have pinpointed the Pacific Northwest as likely to see the worst effects of mollusk-killing ocean acidification, the new study contends that coastal communities on all sides of the United States will be at risk -- including the Gulf of Maine, Virginia and Maryland's Chesapeake Bay and the Louisiana bayous.

Ocean acidification is the product of growing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. More than a third of CO2 released into the air is absorbed by the oceans, lakes and rivers. The rising levels of CO2 in the ocean are exacerbated by rising water temperatures and pollution.

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