Professor John Raven of the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee has just been appointed chair of the Royal Societys working group on ocean acidification. The task of the working group is to assess the available evidence on the extent of acidification in oceans and its impact on marine life.
The Royal Society, the UK’s academy of science is launching the working group and study because of concerns that the world’s oceans are becoming increasingly acidic, due to pollution from the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.
Oceans ‘mop up’ carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and this, in turn, increases the acidity of the water. Rising levels of the gas from the unmanaged burning of fossil fuels such as oil and coal may be exacerbating this. Professor Raven will contribute his specialist skills on how photosynthetic organisms acquire carbon to the working group’s investigation.
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