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Updated: 04/22/2018 08:30:01AM

Ocean acidification affects ecosystems

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Carbon dioxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can prove harmful to human beings. But many people may be unaware that carbon dioxide also has the potential to affect ocean environments.

Carbon dioxide is added to the atmosphere whenever fossil fuels are burned. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Earth can handle naturally occurring carbon dioxide that enters the atmosphere and is stored and reduced in soil, through plants, trees and the ocean. However, the burning of fossil fuels adds carbon to the atmosphere faster than natural processes can remove it, causing a number of problems.

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