Ocean Acidification Can Lead to Other Global Climate Disruptions

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Oceans absorb a large portion of the carbon dioxide that is released into the atmosphere. This is can potentially cause our atmosphere to be affected as well. Ocean acidification is causing the ocean to be less concentrated for biogenic sulfur which will increase the amount of solar energy. The Nature Climate Change predicts this will speed up the warming of Earth which will affect the polar caps. As it affects the polar caps, it will also cause the oceans to rise.

Impacts on Economy

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The growing economy is having more and more issues each day. Ocean acidity is contributing to those issues. The acidic oceans are changing our ecosystem by affecting our resources and income. Our government is spending more money to fix this global climate disruption, which is costing our government more money that we do not have. As acidic levels increase in the oceans, our resources are dying off due to the poisoned water. Our economy relies on most of the food industries that process and deliver our foods according to Bruce Steele of Science 360. Jobs such as fisheries and food plants have been used to clean and produce our food. The organisms that are now affected by the carbonic acid are not suitable for them to use anymore, so the sources that are high in demand are becoming more limited. This issue is causing more people part of the food industries to lose their jobs. Not only does it affect the food industries but it affects the commercial fishing, shell-fishing, tourism, leisure and recreation which will cost the economy more than $1 trillion dollars to fix reported by U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity. Hopefully we will find a solution to this world problem.


How Acidic Oceans Affect Marine Ecosystems

Marine ecosystems are being effected drastically by acidic oceans. The food webs that were established are getting destroyed as many species can’t survive in their habitat and die off. For example there is a tiny animal in the ocean called pteropods. These animals serve as food for some of the oceans top predators, and since they are dying off this will affect the marine life massively because the food web will be destroyed and populations will fluctuate causing an uneven number of predators and prey. Other animals that produce shells or exoskeletons can’t produce them anymore and won’t be able to defend themselves from predators because of the acid. Animals that do important things in the ocean like urchins that help restore coral reefs are beginning to die off. Without coral reefs, many marine animals won’t be able to find protection for themselves and be vulnerable to predators. Another example is squids, squids require high oxygen levels and with the acidity in the water, the squids can’t always get enough oxygen and it messes with their blood flow. Squids are one of the oldest animals that live in the oceans and if they can’t survive, that’s one of the most unique animals gone. The changes are happening to quickly for these animals to adapt to. If the pH levels don’t start balancing out soon, there will be no life in the ocean and our Earth will be 70% water and there will still be oceans but those oceans will be without life.