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Impacts on Marine Species and Ecosystems

Warming sea temperatures and changing ocean chemistry triggered by climate change are likely to impact marine environments in the following ways:

  • Ocean acidification causes coral bleaching and loss of coral habitats for coral-associated species.
  • Ocean acidification will impair many shell building organisms.
  • Disruptions in marine food chain causing marine extinctions.
  • Loss of important coastal nursery areas/habitats (i.e., mangroves, salt marsh).