written by Kristen Gelineau, AP.
“Oceans absorb excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, leading to an increase in acidity. Scientists are worried about how that increase will affect sea life, particularly reefs, as higher acid levels make it tough for coral skeletons to form. Lubchenco likened ocean acidification to osteoporosis – a bone-thinning disease – because researchers are concerned it will lead to the deterioration of reefs.”
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