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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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Number Date Name Location
86316 Fri Apr 18 12:37:59 EDT 2014 Lisa Sanning Saint Peters, MO , US
86315 Fri Apr 18 11:45:47 EDT 2014 Anonymous Alhambra, CA , US
86314 Fri Apr 18 11:41:46 EDT 2014 Sue Chard Portland, TN , US
86313 Fri Apr 18 11:29:28 EDT 2014 Steven Barrows Wareham, MA , US
86312 Fri Apr 18 11:09:39 EDT 2014 mr. g. west everett, WA , US
86311 Fri Apr 18 11:06:23 EDT 2014 DONNA CELLA BROOKLYN, NY , US
86310 Fri Apr 18 10:23:54 EDT 2014 Angelica Velazquez Bridgeport, CT , US
86309 Fri Apr 18 10:18:43 EDT 2014 carcanague nadège fourques, ot , FR
86308 Fri Apr 18 10:04:43 EDT 2014 Michelle LaVitola Parsippany, NJ , US
86307 Fri Apr 18 09:53:36 EDT 2014 Hayley Chaffin Stillwater, OK , US
86306 Fri Apr 18 09:15:51 EDT 2014 sonia vitale torino, ot , IT
86305 Fri Apr 18 07:39:47 EDT 2014 Anonymous Bologna, ot , IT
86304 Fri Apr 18 07:00:44 EDT 2014 Caroline Kipling Abington, MA , US
86303 Fri Apr 18 06:38:52 EDT 2014 birgit dashi FORCHHEIM, ot , DE
86302 Fri Apr 18 05:28:23 EDT 2014 Anthe Chatzidimitriou Katerini, ot , GR
86301 Fri Apr 18 04:35:56 EDT 2014 Patricia Theiler Pfäffikon, ot , CH
86300 Fri Apr 18 02:07:40 EDT 2014 Binh Tang Winnetka, CA , US
86299 Fri Apr 18 01:44:26 EDT 2014 Joan Fratantuono Lusby, MD , US
86298 Fri Apr 18 01:41:30 EDT 2014 Betsy Ungeheier Costa meas, CA , US
86297 Fri Apr 18 01:31:44 EDT 2014 Michael Ungeheier Costa Mesa, CA , US
86296 Fri Apr 18 01:29:32 EDT 2014 Suzanne Seely Mundelein, IL , US
86295 Fri Apr 18 01:28:20 EDT 2014 Suzanne Seely Mundelein, IL , US
86294 Fri Apr 18 01:25:19 EDT 2014 Kathryn Schneider Ann Arbor, MI , US
86293 Fri Apr 18 01:22:55 EDT 2014 Jennifer Johnson Snohomish, WA , US
86292 Fri Apr 18 01:00:40 EDT 2014 Jen Lo Pittsburgh, PA , US
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