Increased acidity in the atmosphere destroys the ecosystem of the oceans

The first study on the effect of acidity on the transport of nutrients to the ocean,

shows that the way nutrients are delivered affects the productivity of the ocean and its ability to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere.

According to researchers, since the timeindustrialization as a result of an increase in atmospheric acidity, the amount of phosphorus in the oceans increased by 14%, and iron - by 16%. This affects the nutritional conditions of marine phytoplankton, which are the most important organisms for the ecosystem.

Alex Baker, professor of the chemical composition of the seasand Atmosphere at the UEA School of Environmental Sciences, stated that emissions of pollutants caused significant changes in the acidity of the atmosphere, leading, for example, to acid rain.

The authors concluded that due to the highthe acidity of the atmosphere, nutrients in the ocean are distributed unevenly, which means that some types of phytoplankton receive more food than others. The result is an imbalance in the oceanic ecosystem. Now its consequences may not be so noticeable, but they will seriously affect the global picture.

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