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.