How does this relate to public health?
Increasing carbon dioxide levels in waters and warmer water temperatures impact global ocean circulations, which are one of the primary drivers of weather, temperature, precipitation, and seasons, and therefore affect a variety of aspects of health.1,2
Figure D: The additional carbon dioxide being absorbed by the oceans impact the ocean circulations and currents that drive weather, temperature, precipitation, and seasons.
Image from EPA
1Climate Institute. Oceans and sea level rise: Consequences of climate change on the oceans, thermohaline circulation. <http://www.climate.org/topics/sea-level/index.html#thermohaline> Accessed December 6, 2012.
2National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, PMEL Carbon Program. Ocean carbon uptake. <http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/co2/story/Ocean+Carbon+Uptake> Accessed November 23, 2012.