"The ocean acts as an enormous carbon sink which naturally absorbs any extra carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere," the article goes on to say. "Its ability to store more carbon dioxide than both the atmosphere and land provides long-term storage for the carbon dioxide emitted by human activities."
According to Professor Ric Williams from the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Liverpool, “The excessive amount of carbon in the atmosphere will make the oceans more acidic and hamper the ability of the oceans to absorb further carbon from the atmosphere. The extra carbon dioxide remaining in the atmosphere will lead to an increase in the overall heating of our planet, making sea levels rise and exacerbating the melting of the Arctic ice caps."
Williams went on to tell Science Daily that “to prevent a situation like this from happening scientists are working to develop carbon-capture techniques, which aim to remove excess carbon from identifiable sites, such as the atmosphere around fossil fuel plants, and permanently store them away.”
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