Global Warming is Attributing to Rapidly Acidify Arctic Ocean
Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme came with reports that global warming is making the Arctic Ocean acidic. The BBC reported that the atmospheric pollution levels and carbon dioxide emissions have attributed to damages in the Arctic seas to an irreversible extent.
The report suggested that acidification is highly likely to hamper marine creatures like the commercial valuable fish. It warned that the marine ecosystem will go through drastic changes. However, the report does not clarify what those changes could be.
A population of four million is inhabited by the Arctic regions. Moreover, it holds an estimate of 25% of the world's remaining oil and natural gas.
Geologists said that CO2 emissions are not only increasing the temperature of the planet, but also acidifying alkaline seas. The arctic seas are at the highest risk, as the sea surface is exposed to atmospheric CO2 emissions.
The freshwater flowing from rivers and melting of land ice are making the Arctic regions more vulnerable. Freshwater is not so effective to neutralize the acidic effects of CO2.
The report was commissioned by the eight nations with Arctic territories. It said, "Ocean acidification is likely to affect the abundance, productivity and distribution of marine species, but the magnitude and direction of change are uncertain".
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