Ocean acidification could cost global economy $1 trillion annually

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Women are seen collecting fish and sipu at sunset in the Dili District, Timor-Leste. UN Photo/Martine Perret

The global economy could lose as much as $1 trillion annually by the end of the century if urgent steps are not taken to stop ocean acidification.

Ocean acidification is the term given to the chemical changes in sea water as a result an increase in carbon dioxide absorption.

The warning has come from a United Nations report launched on Wednesday at a conference on biological diversity taking place in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea.

To find out more about the phenomenon, Florencia Soto Nino spoke to Salvatore Arico, an expert at the UN Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Duration: 3'45"

 

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