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Changing Resilience of Oceans to Climate Change

January 18 - December 31

Oxygen levels in the ancient oceans were surprisingly resilient to climate change, new research suggests.

Scientists used geological samples to estimate ocean oxygen during a period of global warming 56 million years ago – and found “limited expansion” of seafloor anoxia (absence of oxygen).

Global warming – both past and present – depletes ocean oxygen, but the new study suggests warming of 5°C in the Paleocene Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) led to anoxia covering no more than 2% of the global seafloor.

However, conditions are different today to the PETM – today’s rate of carbon emissions is much faster, and we are adding nutrient pollution to the oceans – both of which could drive more rapid and expansive oxygen loss.

Continue Reading: https://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/research/title_833767_en.html

Source: University of Exter | Image Credit:  CCTNE

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January 18
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December 31
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