Acid waves

Increasing levels of pollution in the form of carbon dioxide could make the oceans more acidic and lead to damaging consequences for countless marine species, according to a report from the UK's Royal Society. The report claims that acidification due to the absorption of excess atmospheric carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels has already increased acidity levels beyond the point at which they could be reversed in our lifetime. If emissions are not cut soon, however, acidity levels could continue to rise affecting the future survival of many species and ecosystems that cannot adapt to the changing conditions quickly enough.