Is The Greenhouse Effect Responsible For An Increase On Ocean Acidification?

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The Greenhouse Effect is an important natural occurrence that maintains a suitable atmospheric temperature to sustain life. The sun emits radiation onto the Earth’s surface. The Earth releases this energy in the form of infra-red radiation, which Greenhouse Gases, such as methane and carbon dioxide temporarily trap in their chemical bonds. The radiation trapped in these gases warm the Earth’s surface and keeps the atmosphere warmer than it would otherwise be. However; it is believed that human activity has led to the Enhanced Greenhouse Effect. This investigation aims to answer the question: Is the Enhanced Greenhouse Effect Responsible for an Increase in Ocean Acidification?

Increased human activity such as burning fossil fuels, deforestation and burning of coal has led to a higher than desired concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The safe level of carbon dioxide is considered to be 350ppm and it is currently 401ppm and is increasing steadily . Ever since the industrial revolution, carbon dioxide emissions have been increasing at a rate never before seen and this has led to many undesirable and unprecedented effects on ecosystems. There is a scientific consensus that climate change is occurring, and that human activities are the primary driver. Recent research suggests that increased carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere has led to increased ocean acidification.

When more carbon dioxide is available in the atmosphere more can be taken up by the…

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