A new scientific assessment of the world’s oceans outlines a “deadly trio” of threats caused by increasing carbon emissions. Warming ocean temperatures, increasing acidity, and decreasing oxygen are serious problems individually, but the impacts are “potentially far greater because of the interaction with one on another,” said the report from the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

In addition to climate-related threats, pollution and overfishing are serious problems as well, according to the report.

“The health of the [global] ocean is spiraling downwards far more rapidly than we had thought,” said Alex Rogers, a conservation biology professor at the University of Oxford and IPSO director. “The situation should be of the gravest concern to everyone since everyone will be affected by changes in the ability of the ocean to support life on Earth.”

Read the report at http://www.stateoftheocean.org/research.cfm.

 


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