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Mediterranean Sea: small changes big impacts

August 21, 2013

MedSeA 150For the millions of people who live along the Mediterranean coast – and the millions more who visit every year – the sea is a source of pleasure, leisure, food and income. What has not been appreciated until recently is the role of the oceans in blunting the effects of climate change.

The sea absorbs around a quarter of all the carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere through human activity.

But it has come at a cost. Absorbing huge volumes of CO2 is gradually making the sea more acidic – a phenomenon which can disrupt the marine environment, making it easier for some species to thrive while jeopardising the existence of others.

Finnegan G, Mediterranean Sea: small changes big impacts, Horizon: the EU Research and Innovation Magazine, 29 July 2013. Article.

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