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The study of fish in coral reefs off the coast of Papua New Guinea – where the waters are naturally acidic – showed the animals' behavior became riskier.Munday said the research, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, was important given that about 30 percent of the carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere was ultimately absorbed by the ocean, a process that results in the seas becoming more acidic.Munday said the fish appeared to have failed to adapt to the conditions, despite living their whole lives exposed to such high levels of carbon dioxide.Co-author Jodie Rummer said while the increased carbon dioxide in the water affected how fish behaved, it did not appear to affect their athletic performance.
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