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Mitigating ocean acidification and its effects

ocean acidification

Ocean acidification is the process by which increasing levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere are absorbed by the ocean, causing its pH to decrease and making it more acidic. This acidification has significant impacts on marine life, including the dissolution of the shells and skeletons of calcifying organisms like mollusks, crustaceans, and corals. It can also disrupt the balance of entire marine food webs, leading to declines in biodiversity and ecosystem function. To mitigate the effects of ocean acidification, it's important to reduce CO2 emissions and address the root cause of the problem. This can include transitioning to renewable energy sources, improving energy efficiency, and promoting carbon capture and storage technologies. Additionally, it's important to promote conservation and management measures to protect marine ecosystems and their ability to adapt and resist the impacts of ocean acidification. By taking action, we can help to protect the health and diversity of our ocean for future generations.