Ocean Acidification

If it's business as usual, by the end of the century there will be no place left for coral to grow”

At risk risk: pteropods (top)

gastropods (bottom)

Acidification is any process that lowers pH.

The oceans are taking up so much carbon dioxide that water chemistry is changing.

Tropical corals are already threatened by rising water temperatures. Ocean acidification will slow coral growth an eventually start dissolving reefs. Page 28-33. 5 August 2006 New Scientist