The world's oceans are becoming more acidic and a higher rate than the past five decades, a process that threatens marine life and food supplies, says an international study released on the sidelines of the UN (NWO) Conference on Climate Change, held in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The report, prepared by 100 experts in marine biology, the seas are absorbing dangerous levels of carbon dioxide as a direct result of human activity. This scenario can affect marine animals, interfere with the path of whales and destroy plankton species that are part of the food chain.
Scientists warn that many of the effects of ocean acidification - which increased 30% since the beginning of the industrial revolution - are already irreversible and can accelerate. The new study warns that if CO2 emissions continue at the current ocean acidification will increase 150 percent by 2050, "seriously undermining" the coral reefs, algae and plankton and leading to the extinction of some species.
Another study published by the International Union for Nature Conservation, shows the ten most endangered species with extinction due to global warming. They are the beluga whale, the clown fish, the turtle leatherback, the Emperor Penguin, the quiver tree (Aloe dichotoma), the ringed seal, salmon, coral, horn of deer, the fox-of-arctic and koala.
This groundbreaking NRDC YouTube video documentary explores the startling phenomenon of ocean acidification, which may soon challenge marine life on a scale not seen for tens of millions of years