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EPOCA: Ocean Acidification and its Consequences on Ecosystems
Emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) through human activities have a well-known
impact on the Earth's climate. Its other, less well-known, impact is "ocean
acidification", with uncertain consequences on marine organisms and ecosystems.
The European Project on Ocean Acidification (EPOCA) will be launched on 10 June
2008. Its goal is to document ocean acidification, investigate its impact on
biological processes, predict its consequences over the next 100 years, and
advise policy-makers on potential thresholds or tipping points that should not
The World's oceans cover over 70% of the planet's surface, contribute half of
its primary production and contain an enormous diversity of life. Thus it is not
surprising that they provide invaluable resources to human society. They also
play a vital role in Earth's life support system due to their impact on climate
and global biogeochemical cycles and due to ...
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