Arctic Waters Experiencing ‘Rapid Acidification,’ Levels Up By 30%

Arctic marine waters are experiencing widespread, rapid acidification primarily driven by an uptake of carbon dioxide emitted to the atmosphere by human activities, according to a new report from scientists from the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program. In the photo a whale dives into sea off the coast of Greenland’s capital Nuuk October 17, 2012. (Photo : Reuters)

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Arctic marine waters are experiencing widespread, rapid acidification primarily driven by an uptake of carbon dioxide emitted to the atmosphere by human activities, according to a new report from scientists from the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program.

The researchers report incremental lowering of arctic seawater pH; the lower a substance’s pH, the more acidic it is.

“As a result of human carbon dioxide emissions, the average acidity of surface ocean waters worldwide is now about 30 percent higher than at the start of the Industrial Revolution,” the report stated.

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