Oceans

Ocean Oxygen : Suffocating the Seas

The beauty of the ocean hides within it troubling secrets, such as a decrease in oxygen levels that could lead to increasing "dead zones"

Ocean breathing – From the shallows down to its yawning depths, the ocean gets its oxygen from the surface, supplied either by the atmosphere or from the release of oxygen in phytoplankton through photosynthesis. Scientists have long known that one expected consequence from a warming climate is a gradual drop in the amount of oxygen dissolved into ocean waters as they absorb extra heat trapped in …

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Climate Change, El Niño Prolong Coral Die-off

Coral bleaching off the coast of Thailand

The news earlier this month of a record low Arctic sea ice in January, combined with the hottest January on record and four separate studies corroborating accelerating sea level rise is only some of the recent news pointing to a rapidly changing global climate. In a press statement released today by the American Geophysical Union, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report that rising ocean temperatures …

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