by Zio Ziegler
Cozumel, Mexico – July 2015
The past ten years rank among the warmest years in the instrumental record of global surface temperature. The ocean is changing as temperatures warm and greenhouse gas concentrations increase. Warmer temperatures are causing sea levels to rise and creating a higher risk of coastal flooding. Additional carbon dioxide is dissolving in the ocean, making it more acidic. More acidic ocean water impacts a wide variety of marine species, including species that people use for food.
These changes in the ocean will cause severe economic and environmental impacts if greenhouse gas emissions are left unchecked and no effort is made to adapt to the changing climate and ocean.
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