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April 3, 2013

The Ocean in a high Carbon Dioxide World

It's easy to take for granted the many ways that the ocean keeps us alive; it sustains much of the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink and the climate that surrounds us. The complex ocean systems that produce these benefits - from currents and photosynthesis to food chains - are often chaotic and unpredictable at smaller scales, but at large scales they come together in a dynamic equilibrium to ensure that life can thrive. One of the ocean's most important life-giving functions is its absorption of carbon dioxide emissions. but, we have increased the amount of carbon pollution pumped into the air, and in turn, the ocean has absorbed more and more of it. As a result the ocean's chemistry is changing.


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