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Adapting to an acid ocean

Posted on behalf of Nicola Jones. Acidification has been called the ‘evil twin’ of warming waters when it comes to climate change’s impacts on the ocean. The ocean has become 30% more acidic since the industrial revolution, a trend that is expected to have devastating impacts on corals and any marine life with a carbonate shell — one study has even shown that acidification can interfere with some fish’s sense of smell and homing abilities (Munday P., PNAS, 106, 1848-1852; 2009). Researchers are starting to investigate whether some organisms might be able to evolve their way out of the problem. 


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