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Ocean and Coastal Acidification

Changing Ocean Chemistry

The carbon dioxide that humans release to the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels is changing the chemistry of the ocean by increasing its acidity. This phenomenon, called ocean acidification, is already affecting us and our environment. In addition, land-based sources of pollution can contribute to localized acidification of coastal waters.