Oxygen Levels Dropping in Oceans
I remember being in a chemist and noticed the krill in table form I shake my head as it is a food in the ocean for whales. Another is plankton. I wonder if the oxygen is dropping due to the plankton sinking due to ocean temperatures. It is a very important part of the food chain. All is so intimately linked. There are more missing links in the chain. How long does it hold together before major shifts occur as thresholds are transgressed. I smile at people so caught up in their dramas of their own making, at the moment it is Trump. Before it was Syria then it was China at some point but still we cannot focus on the real issues of life on earth. Peace of course is another word for harmony, our harmony with our true nature is a solution, yet the scientists will look for technology not understanding all is One. When we change our world will change.When we feel the connection to nature, when we return to what is natural we will acquire the insights that will enable us to turn the earth ship around. Because I tune into my impulses I allow life to show me. Clearly I am being reminded of the climate as life unfolds. Life is intelligent.
WATER FINDS IT HARDER TO HOLD ONTO OXYGEN AS IT WARMS. WONDERFUL NATURE/SHUTTERSTOCK
We know that climate change is having a drastic impact on the ice caps and glaciers, but it is also changing the chemical make-up of the oceans. While the levels of carbon dioxide are increasing, a new paper has documented how the concentration of oxygen in the oceans is decreasing.
The results have been published in Nature, and are an analysis of over 50 years’ worth of data looking at a range of parameters from ocean salinity to temperature. They calculated that over this period, the world’s oceans have lost an average 2 percent of their oxygen. This might not sound like much, but the researchers note that even such a small drop in oxygen concentration can be enough to completely alter some ecosystems, in the formation of dead zones.
Combined with the myriad of other impacts climate change is having on the oceans, the results of this drop in oxygen could be catastrophic. As the polar ice caps melt, the increase in fresh water is expected to disrupt the ocean currents, something some argue has been driving the abnormal weather conditions seen in the past few winters over much of Northern Europe and America.
The increase in carbon dioxide levels in the seas, while beneficial for some organisms, is likely to be majorly harmful to many others. By increasing the acidity of the water, creatures with calcium carbonate shells will simply dissolve away, including the vast coral reefs in the tropics.
But it is not only the acidity that the reefs have to deal with, as the rising surface ocean temperatures also directly harm the organisms, and have been the driving force behind the worst bleaching event ever recorded on the Great Barrier Reef, the most biodiverse habitat on Earth. The rising temperature is also impacting the northern latitudes too, as the ranges of cold water fish, such as cod, are now thought to be shifting north as they follow the cooler waters.
It is estimated that over 3 billion people depend on the marine environment for their livelihoods. As climate change starts to radically impact these ecosystems, it will have a dramatic knock-on effect on the future of not only these people, but all of us.