More Acidic Oceans Mean We Might Eat Less Shellfish
Ocean acidification, an effect of increased carbon in the atmosphere, could hit some coastal communities where it hurts: the shellfish.By Sebastian Martinez | February 23, 2015
Shellfish, and the communities that live off them, could be under greater threat from climate change than we thought.
An increasing amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere means more ocean acidification, and it could spell disaster for some species of shellfish. (Video via South Carolina Department of Natural Resources)
Ocean acidification, or OA, happens when carbon in the atmosphere is absorbed into the ocean, causing a chemical reaction, lowering the pH level of the water and stunting the development of shellfish, particularly mollusks' shells. (Video via National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)