Protect our oceans from "the other CO2 problem," OCEAN ACIDIFICATION
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Protect our oceans from "the other CO2 problem," OCEAN ACIDIFICATION

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      Center for Biological Diversity

Act now to stop ocean acidification, sometimes called "the other CO2 problem." The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking your input how to address ocean acidification  -- a process that opens the door to greater opportunities to regulate the emissions that are causing ocean acidification. It is extremely important that the EPA hears from you in support of protecting our oceans and coasts from acidification. 

The oceans absorb about 22 million tons of CO2 daily, causing seawater to become more acidic. Ocean acidification prevents crucial marine life such as plankton, shellfish, and corals from building the protective shells they need to survive. Scientists warn that if we do not rapidly reduce atmospheric CO2, our oceans will dramatically change and entire ocean ecosystems could unravel from the bottom up due to acidification. It's not too late to act, but time is short.

Ask the EPA to use the tools provided by the Clean Water Act -- our nation's strongest law protecting water quality --  to rein in CO2 pollution. The law has a history of successfully reducing water pollution, including other atmospheric pollutants such as mercury and acid rain. The EPA has the ability to invoke this powerful law get a handle on pollution that is causing ocean acidification.

Sign the petition below to urge the EPA to act quickly to address ocean acidification.

 

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