Every hour, one ton of carbon dioxide seeps into the ocean from surrounding factories, power plants, cars, and other human sources. Ocean acidification is threatening the lives of sea animals, as well as coastal communities. This invisible pollution could also threaten food security for millions of people by changing commercial seafood supplies. Shell-forming animals like crabs, oysters and urchins are most directly affected since acidification deprives seawater of the compounds needed to calcify organisms to build shells and skeletons. Through the Clean Water Act, the EPA and President Obama could improve water-quality standards and implement strict pH monitoring.
Stand with organizations like the Center for Biological Diversity and urge President Obama and the EPA to use the Clean Water Act to address the harmful impacts of ocean acidification.
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To: EPA, President Barack Obama
I’m writing today to voice my concern for what ocean acidification is doing to our seawater. The EPA must use the Clean Water Act to develop an effective, national plan to curtail its effects. Ocean acidification is harmful to all of our ocean’s inhabitants including plankton, corals, sea otters, oysters, sea turtles, fish, and even whales.
I stand with organizations like the Center for Biological Diversity and urge President Obama and the EPA to use the Clean Water Act to address the negative impact of ocean acidification.
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