Scientists warn of hot, sour, breathless oceans

Scientists warn of hot, sour, breathless oceans

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By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new international report from scientists says greenhouse gases are making the world's oceans hot, sour and breathless, and the way those changes work together is creating a grimmer outlook for global waters.

The report said the world's oceans are getting more acidic at an unprecedented rate, faster than at any time in the past 300 million years. But it's how this interacts with other global warming impacts -- such as warmer water and less oxygen moving around in the oceans -- that scientists say is getting them even more worried.

The report released Wednesday by the United Nations and several scientific research organizations brings together the latest ocean science on climate change from 540 different researchers.

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