Global Warming Killing Phytoplankton, Breaking the Planatary Engines of Life

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 14 March 2018


Threat to the Foundation of Life

Global Warming Killing Phytoplankton

Breaking the Planatary Engines of Life

Key biological mechanism is disrupted by ocean acidification,
University of California - San Diego, March 14, 2018.


Threat to the Foundation of Life

"...the excess carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere through the combustion of fossil fuels interferes with the health of phytoplankton which form the base of marine food webs."


Breaking the Planatary Engines of Life

"...phytoplankton to acquire iron has a requirement for carbonate ions."

"Ocean acidification is poised to decrease the concentration of sea surface carbonate ions 50 percent by the end of this century."


How to Kill the Sophistication of Your Planet

" a direct connection between the effects of ocean acidification and the health of phytoplankton at the base of the marine food chain."


Another Feedback Loop of Doom

"...high concentrations of atmospheric CO2 could decrease phytoplankton growth, restricting the ability of the ocean to absorb CO2 and thus leading to ever higher concentrations of CO2 accumulating in the atmosphere."

"While the negative influence of acidification on corals and shellfish is known, this is the first study to reveal a mechanism that affects life which forms the base of most marine food webs."



Now we will have an idea of what happened, when big chunks of the ocean's food chains collapse.



Last Plankton News

Phytoplankton and zooplankton biomass will decrease 6 percent and 11 percent by 2100 due to climate change (from a different cause than identified in the research above)



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