Excessive levels of carbon dioxide are causing acidification in Arctic waters, affecting the ecosystem and indigenous communities, according to a new study.
The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) says that carbon dioxide from human activities, such as the burning of fossil fuels, is to blame.
Greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere but part of them goes into the oceans, causing acidification.
Acidification levels are 30% higher now than before the Industrial Revolution. The Arctic is particularly sensitive to this phenomenon because its waters are cold.
This helps the transfer of CO2 from the air into the ocean. Moreover, AMAP’s report says its cool temperatures makes it harder to neutralise CO2.
Acidification means that many changes are occurring in the region. Marine ecosystems are likely to be highly impacted, as this process will change the balance in the food chain. Mammals and birds will then be affected indirectly as their food will become scarce.
Consequently, Arctic fisheries and coastal communities that rely on them, will also witness changes.
The issue is being discussed this week at an international conference in Bergen, Norway, where climate scientists, researchers, indigenous communities, policymakers and stakeholders will discuss the economic, social and environmental challenges associated with ocean acidification.
The Arctic region has shown a number of worrying signs over the past two years. In August last year, sea ice levels reached a record low, while remaining ice lost significant volume.
In February, the UN called for international action to protect the Arctic.
Like our Facebook Page
Eco-Friendly Decisions That Will Enhance Your Quality of Life
List of Fantastic Places for Green Consumers to Settle in South Carolina
6 Amazing Eco-Friendly Bedroom Design Ideas for Sustainable Homeowners
5 Great Ways to be a More Environmentally-Friendly Cannabis User
Amazing Approaches to Cycling for Promoting a Greener Lifestyle
Understanding The True Environmental Impact of Dentistry
Incredibly Important Benefits of Effective Ethically Made Anti-Virus Face Masks
Best Natural and Eco-Friendly Ways to Treat Dog Ailments
Green Entrepreneurs Find Creative Ways to Balance Ethical Goals with their Retirement Objectives
The Surprising Environmental Benefits of Using an Organic Mattress
From Store to Door with Minimal Impact: How Companies Are Eco-Friendly Innovators
A Guide to Investing In Renewable Energy Stocks in 2021
Creative Ideas to Practice Eco-friendlier Consumerism
Hawkers Launch a Truly Innovative Eco-Friendly Sunglass Line
Everything You Need to Know Before You Start Using Renewable Energy in 2021
The Curtis Institute of Music Makes Facilities More Energy Efficient
What Can Ecotourists Learn from Visiting Chernobyl?
5 Essentials for Promising Eco-Friendly Businesses to Thrive in a New Economy
Charity Organizations Who Are Taking Steps to Become More Environmentally Friendly
Mastering the Art of Trading Bitcoins Profitably and Sustainably
- Editors Choice12 months ago
10 Green Companies With Amazing Environmental Initiatives
- Features12 months ago
5 Sustainable Home Improvement Ideas To Improve Your Home’s Value
- Energy12 months ago
10 Amazing Energy Saving Hacks for Spring
- Invest11 months ago
4 Super Simple Solutions To Create The Perfect Eco-Friendly Home