How does rising atmospheric CO2 affect marine organisms?

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Volume 14 Number 49:  7 December 2011

Combating Ocean Acidification: The Role of Marine Photosynthesis: From macro- to micro-algae, both large marine plants and the tiny phyto-symbionts of corals tend to mitigate against the deleterious effects that CO2-induced declines in oceanic pH and seawater aragonite saturation state have on calcifying marine organisms.

Journal Reviews
Global Groundwater Depletion and Global Sea Level Rise: How does the former affect the latter?

Extreme Low-Temperature Events During Northeast China's Warm Season: How have they changed over the past half-century? ... and what have been the consequences for the region's food security?

Biological Productivity in the Coastal Arctic Ocean: How is it impacted by rising temperatures?

Parasite Infestation of Young Sockeye Salmon in a Warming World: What was originally expected in theory is not what was ultimately detected in reality.

Real-World Species Range-Shifts in Response to Regional Warming: Have they been keeping up with regional rates of temperature rise? ... or have they been falling short? ... or have some even been moving in the "wrong" direction?

Ocean Acidification Database
The latest addition of peer-reviewed data archived to our database of marine organism responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment is Serpent Star [Ophiura ophiura] (Average rate of functional arm recovery after losing 10 mm of an arm length). To access the entire database, click here.