World's oceans being hit by 'silent storm' of acidification, study finds

The Sydney Morning Herald

15 November 2013

Global warming is causing a silent storm in the oceans by acidifying waters at a record rate, threatening marine life from coral reefs to fish stocks, an international study showed.

The report, by 540 experts in 37 nations, said the seas could become 170 per cent more acidic by 2100 compared to levels before the Industrial Revolution. Carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, can become a mild acid when mixed with water. Read more