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Climate Change Will Destroy Environments, Create New Ones, and Undermine Efforts To Protect Sea Life


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Climate change is altering familiar conditions of the world’s oceans and creating new environments that could undermine efforts to protect sea life in the world’s largest marine protected areas, new research from Oregon State University shows. The changing conditions also have cultural and economic implications for the people whose traditions and livelihoods are dependent on ocean resources, said James Watson, an assistant professor in OSU’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences and the paper’s co-author. 

 

The researchers’ analysis of multiple climate scenarios showed:

  • 60% to 87% of the ocean is expected to experience multiple biological and chemical changes, such as increases in water temperature, higher levels of acidity and changes in oxygen levels, by the year 2060.
  • The rate of change is expected to be even higher, 76% to 97%, in very large marine protected areas such as Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the Galapagos Marine Reserve in Ecuador.
  • Increases in pH, which measures ocean acidity, are expected as soon as 2030. Ocean acidification reduces the amount of carbonate in seawater, which is necessary for marine organisms, such as corals and mollusks like oysters, to develop their shells and skeletons.

Climate Change Will Destroy Environments, Create New Ones, and Undermine Efforts To Protect Sea Life (scitechdaily.com)

Novel environmental conditions due to climate change in the world's largest marine protected areas: Below is the link to this Peer reviewed Scientific Journal. Novel environmental conditions due to climate change in the world's largest marine protected areas: One Earth (cell.com)

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23 minutes ago, quiXilver said:

Change is constant.

Not like this they are talking a mass extinction event, read the Peer reviewed Paper 

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