Problems in the Ocean

We already know that the fish in our oceans suffer from over fishing, plastic pollution, and mercury from coal power plants. It has recently been discovered that acid contamination can be added to the list. Basically, as we burn more and more fossil fuels, the acidity of the ocean increases and likewise, there are more fish fatalities. A recent study found damaged and dead tissue in fish larvae due to the increasing acidity levels. Another study found that the survival of larvae was drastically decreasing.

Because some areas of the ocean experience these conditions more often or more drastically, it is difficult to understand how wide spread this problem could be. Scientists are using "near-future conditions" for testing, therefore, posing that the current conditions could already be harmful for our fish. Seeing just how dangerous human activity can be should encourage the practice of reducing fossil fuels around the world.

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