In today’s modern society, we are currently facing the consequences of our actions towards the environment. Our planet is now experiencing climate change, which is an effect of global warming. Climate change not only does it affect the land and atmospheric area of the earth, but the water as well, oceans and sea. The temperature in the ocean has risen to an abnormal level, that it damages and kills coral reefs already. According to research, the rise in, the water’s warmth causes the water to be acidic. At any rate, damages and destroys coral reefs which are home to lots of species of fish. Thus, this makes Ocean Acidification a threat to marine biodiversity.
These effects are currently happening due to our ignorance of the environment. We should take responsibility and try to reverse the consequences of our actions. By doing so, we might be able to restore or save the remaining coral reefs. That is home for marine life and marine biodiversity.
Ocean Acidification: The Evil Twin
Ocean acidification is the effect of excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The rise of the planet’s temperature or global warming also affects the bodies of water. Therefore, ocean acidification is known as global warming’s evil twin. The industrialization of human civilization also causes it. Just like global warming, it is an effect of our treatment of our planet. In fact, we severely plundered our world to the point of no return.
The modernization of our cities, the manufacture of products and the release of hazardous chemicals has led to this change in our environment. Thus, our actions have led to this damage, and we should take responsibility for it actions.
How Ocean Acidification Develops
Ocean acidification is simple chemistry. The planet’s carbon dioxide is currently rapidly rising. Carbon dioxide is increasing in the atmosphere eventually affects bodies of water – causing carbon dioxide to dissolve in seawater. As Carbon Dioxide dissolves in seawater, the pH level of the water gets more acidic. Another effect of carbon dioxide in seawater is the reduction of ions. Affects corals, seashells and shelled marine life. Making Ocean acidification a threat to marine biodiversity as most corals is home to marine life.
Effects of Ocean Acidification on Coral Reefs
Ocean acidification reduces the ions of our waters. The reduction of ions affected corals, seashells and shelled marine life. As these are like calcium for shells and corals, it is their source of skeletal growth. Thus, ultimately damages or destroys corals and prevents their growth as acidity erodes corals. Recent studies have recorded an abnormal reduction of coral diversity which will have an impact on marine life and marine biodiversity.
Its Impact on Other Marine Life
Corals provide a home to many sea creatures and marine life. Marine life will then suffer the consequences of ocean acidification. The destruction of corals may reduce the number of marine ecologies. The reduction of corals will lead to the extinction of some species of fish. Since corals are the primary home and a source of food for some marine species, other shelled organisms like shells, clams, and crabs that need ions for their skeletal growth will be stopped. Due to the reduction of ions in seawater. Eventually, marine life is significantly threatened by ocean acidification. As a result, every aquatic life form will be affected by this change.
This calamity, ocean acidification or called as global warming’s evil twin, both the result of human effect. Our actions toward our environment have led to climate change. We have much affected the natural balance of our environment and planet. The changes we have made, the industrialization of our cities and civilization’s rise has led to this. Thus, this is the consequences of our advancement. Also, we have affected every life on land, air or sea. Our bodies of water have risen to abnormal temperatures, destroying marine life in the process. This rise in temperature has affected marine biodiversity, especially the destruction of corals.