This publication aims to compile and synthesize available scientific information on ocean acidification and its impacts on marine biodiversity and habitats, which is identified as a potentially serious threat to cold-water corals and other marine biodiversity. Findings include that increasing ocean acidification reduces the availability of carbonate minerals in seawater, important building blocks for marine plants and animals, and that by 2100, 70% of cold-water corals, key refuges and feeding grounds for commercial fish species, will be exposed to corrosive waters. 

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Organization: CBD, UNEP, WCMC

Topics: Biodiversity, COP22 List of UN Publications

Type of material: Other

Publication date: 2009

Language: English