Dire warning about the health of the world’s oceans
The world’s oceans are vast, containing massive amounts of water. Oceanic water is thought by some to be so vast that it can’t be seriously impacted by man or by climate change.
But a new study looking at the impacts of climate change on the world’s ocean systems concludes that by the year 2100, about 98 percent of the oceans will be affected by acidification, warming temperatures, low oxygen, or lack of biological productivity — and most areas will be stricken by a multitude of these stressors.
These biogeochemical changes triggered by human-generated greenhouse gas emissions will not only affect marine habitats and organisms, the researchers say, but will often co-occur in areas that are heavily used by humans.
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