a fish without a shell

Greenhouse gases are turning the oceans acidic decades earlier than predicted with potentially catastrophic consequences for marine life, scientists have warned. The acid in sea water is powerful enough to dissolve the shells of sea creatures, they said.

An American team has found evidence that an acidic “tipping point” has been reached on the continental shelf along the west coast of North America.

This is potentially very bad news, said Paul Halloran, of Oxford University, an expert in the field. “The impact on tourism and fisheries may have huge economic consequences.”

The Telegraph (UK), 23 May 2008