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Protect Corals, Fish and Sea Turtles From Ocean Acidification

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Your beach may be more polluted than you think. Each hour we dump one ton of invisible pollution into the ocean; if it were a visible, tangible substance like oil, we would demand that the spill be halted. Even though you can't see it, this pollution threatens our sea life -- from the smallest of plankton to the greatest of whales.

The pollution is carbon dioxide, and it's making our oceans more acidic. Ocean acidification is linked to global warming in that both are caused by CO2 buildup and both threaten to cause unprecedented devastation to the planet's biome. The early effects are already here: Baby oysters cannot survive in waters off the Pacific Northwest, coral growth has been stunted in Florida, and polar waters have eroded the shells of prey that sustain Alaska's salmon and whales.

Sign the petition below and tell the president and the Environmental Protection Agency we must act now to end ocean acidification. The science is in, and there's no debate: Ocean acidification threatens our marine life and coastal communities. The EPA has the tools to prevent ocean acidification from hurting corals, sea otters, salmon and whales, but it must act swiftly.

It's time for the Environmental Protection Agency to act to save our sea life! Protect our coastal ecosystems and communities from ocean acidification. If the EPA waits too long, the impacts on our oceans -- their coral reefs, fisheries and other marine life -- could be devastating.

The president and the EPA have the power to prevent the harmful impacts of ocean acidification. We urge the EPA to use its authority under the Clean Water Act to:

-- develop a national plan to address ocean acidification;
-- identify waters impaired by ocean acidification;
-- monitor our coastal ecosystems, coral reefs and fisheries for impacts.

We support swift and decisive action to curb CO2 pollution that is threatening to change the oceans as we know them -- teeming with rich, colorful life.
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90529 Thu Sep 18 17:39:26 EDT 2014 mary allen hazel park, MI , US
90528 Thu Sep 18 17:22:36 EDT 2014 mary allen hazel park, MI , US
90527 Thu Sep 18 17:16:30 EDT 2014 Ryan Bradley Greenbelt, MD , US
90526 Thu Sep 18 16:50:55 EDT 2014 katherine wentworth newberg, OR , US
90525 Thu Sep 18 16:44:29 EDT 2014 Virginia Utt Melbourne, FL , US
90524 Thu Sep 18 16:41:00 EDT 2014 Nicolás Caballero Sevilla, ot , ES
90523 Thu Sep 18 16:29:39 EDT 2014 Jerry Rivers Roosevelt, NY , US
90522 Thu Sep 18 16:17:03 EDT 2014 Pat Williamson Mt Arlington , NJ , US
90521 Thu Sep 18 16:12:32 EDT 2014 Anonymous Watertown, NY , US
90520 Thu Sep 18 15:57:40 EDT 2014 Lajeanne Leveton Fleming Island, FL , US
90519 Thu Sep 18 15:46:46 EDT 2014 mr. g. west everett, WA , US
90518 Thu Sep 18 15:39:56 EDT 2014 maria manuela lopes Cascais, ot , PT
90517 Thu Sep 18 15:32:28 EDT 2014 Anonymous Longmont, CO , US
90516 Thu Sep 18 15:22:30 EDT 2014 nelson myers harrisburg, PA , GB
90515 Thu Sep 18 15:21:14 EDT 2014 Lynda West Falls Church, VA , US
90514 Thu Sep 18 15:18:41 EDT 2014 Elisabetta Lelli Spinetoli - AP - ITALY, ot , IT
90513 Thu Sep 18 15:18:32 EDT 2014 Elisabetta Lelli Spinetoli - AP - ITALY, ot , IT
90512 Thu Sep 18 15:11:08 EDT 2014 Dirk Rogers Dallas, TX , US
90511 Thu Sep 18 14:49:37 EDT 2014 Josefa Arana miami, FL , US
90510 Thu Sep 18 14:33:07 EDT 2014 Ellen McConnell Sayreville, NJ , US
90509 Thu Sep 18 14:27:59 EDT 2014 Richard Dunn Cape Coral , FL , US
90508 Thu Sep 18 14:26:37 EDT 2014 Christopher Zone Scranton, PA , US
90507 Thu Sep 18 14:22:21 EDT 2014 Shannon Darsow Rosemount, MN , US
90506 Thu Sep 18 14:04:02 EDT 2014 Kate Rickson Bethlehem, PA , US
90505 Thu Sep 18 14:02:17 EDT 2014 Kate Rickson Bethlehem, PA , US
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