Global Warming Is Running Down The Oceans' Oxygen

First Posted: May 05, 2016 04:10 AM EDT

The researchers from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) state that the oceans' oxygen all around the globe is depleting due to the global warming.

Tech Times reports that study was published in the journal Global Biogeochemical Cycles. It was led by Matthew Long and other scholars from NCAR. They assessed how climate change affects the amount of water that is typically can be found in the Earth's ocean. This makes the marine species in danger as they could hardly breathe.

Curtis Deutsch, the associate professor at the University of Washington's School of Oceanography examined how the increasing global temperature is changing the levels of dissolved oxygen in the ocean. The researchers warned that the reduced amounts of oxygen will heighten stress on a range of marine species as they face the effects of ocean acidification and rising temperatures, according to Scientific American. Deutsch said that as the climate goes up, the amount of oxygen will go down, but it's really hard to look in the ocean to see that change.

William Gilly, a marine biologist from Stanford University said that in about two hundred meters down, there is a freight train of low-oxygen water barreling toward the surface. Some studies showed that for more than five decades, the low-oxygen areas in the world's oceans have extended for over 1.7 million square miles.

Researchers are concerned about the ocean deoxygenation that could alter the earth's oceans. They have been debating on how much oxygen have been lost caused by global warming. On the other hand, they all agree that the ongoing climate change will lead to even more oxygen losses.

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