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Define Ocean Acidification, Twitter: Global Warming Activists Abundant on Social Media

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Ocean acidification is the decrease in pH level of the world’s oceans as a result of the uptake of excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Increased acidity of sea water most harms shelled animals including oysters, clams, sea urchins, and corals but also endangers the diets and habits of many animals, including that of humans.

In response to the problem of ocean acidification, which is an outcome of increasing carbon dioxide levels and greenhouse gas emissions, activists have taken to social media outlets, like Twitter, to advocate for change.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
, the federal agency in charge of maintaining the world’s oceans, launched the Ocean Acidification Program (OAP) in order to expand the focus on the issue.

The OAP’s Twitter page reaches over 500 followers and uses social media to relay facts, events, and articles about ocean acidification.

Below the OAP informs followers about an informative ocean acidification webinar

Project Mermaids is an organization founded by Angelina Venturella, a fashion photographer, and Chiara Salomoni, an underwater photographer, that raises money and awareness for the world’s oceans by photographing celebrities in aquatic shots where they are featured as mermaids.

Project Mermaids helps gain celebrity attention for marine issues like ocean acidification. The organization has caught significant press attention from publications including The Huffington Post, MTV, and the Daily Mail as well as launched a noteworthy social media platform.

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Taking a more serious approach to photography, Project Mermaids use Twitter to show their 2,113 followers the toll ocean acidification places on marine life:

Individuals have launched their own Twitter campaigns to advocate for the importance of ocean acidification. Dr. Jodie Rummer, marine biologist and senior research fellow at James Cook University, has over 1,150 followers on Twitter.

Dr. Rummer uses her account to share information about marine issues. Below Dr. Rummer shares an article about ocean acidification.

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