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Fields & Applications Spectroscopy, Environmental

Shell Shocked

The impact of environmental changes on our world’s oceans is becoming increasingly well documented, with reports of chemical pollution, a trebling of plastic waste and dying coral reefs. With ocean acidification – a shift towards pH-neutral conditions caused by excess CO2 in the atmosphere – mussels look to be the latest to suffer. A team of scientists from the universities of Florida, Glasgow and Chicago analyzed Mytilus californianus to assess the damage – and to discover what it could mean for these mighty mollusks.

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