Burning fossil fuels creates carbon dioxide pollution, the primary cause of global warming. But the earth's atmosphere isn't the only victim, there's another carbon problem. About a quarter of all carbon dioxide pollution is absorbed by the earth's oceans, where it makes seawater more acidic, which harms sea shells and, if acidic enough, can even dissolve them. Ocean acidification is profoundly changing ocean chemistry.
To avoid the worst harms of ocean acidification, we must enact strong climate and energy legislation to begin reducing global warming pollution as soon as possible. By moving to a clean energy economy, we can not only help ocean life survive the blows of acidification -- we can create new jobs in manufacturing, labor and technology, as well as whole new industries, for Americans.Send a message urging your senators to support strong climate legislation that will help slow the increase of ocean acidification.
ACID TEST, a film produced by NRDC, was made to raise awareness about the largely unknown problem of ocean acidification, which poses a fundamental challenge to life in the seas and the health of the entire planet. Like global warming, ocean acidification stems from the increase of carbon dioxide in the earth's atmosphere since the start of the Industrial Revolution.
Watch ACID TEST to learn about the harmful effects of ocean acidification, and then send a message to your senators demanding comprehensive legislation to curb global warming pollution and save our oceans.
- U.S. Senate
I am concerned about the effects of ocean acidification on our environment and economy. I urge you to support strong climate and energy legislation to help address this problem.
Often called "the other carbon problem," ocean acidification, like global warming, is a product of carbon dioxide pollution. About a quarter of all carbon dioxide emissions are absorbed by the earth's oceans, where they are profoundly changing ocean chemistry, rapidly making the water more acidic.
Because high ocean acidity interferes with formation of shells and coral skeletons, continued ocean acidification would have devastating effects on corals, shellfish like mussels, clams and lobsters, and small creatures that form the foundation of the marine food chain.
If business as usual continues with carbon dioxide emissions, scientists predict that by the end of this century the ocean will become more acidic than it has ever been in the last 20 million years. Along with America's treasured oceans, beaches and seafood, jobs and recreational opportunities will all be at risk in the coming decades.
To avoid the worst harms of ocean acidification, we must enact strong climate and energy legislation to begin reducing global warming pollution as soon as possible. By moving to a clean energy economy, we can not only help ocean life survive the blows of acidification -- we can create new jobs in manufacturing, labor and technology, as well as whole new industries, for Americans.
I urge you to support and vote Yes for strong climate and energy legislation.
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