Scientists warn of climate change: An ocean mass extinction event may not be far away
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Scientists warn of climate change: An ocean mass extinction event may not be far away.
An oceanic mass extinction event may not be far off, researchers published a new study this month in the journal Science.
Scientists say the death toll of marine life could rival the largest mass extinction event in history.
If emissions levels continue to rise, marine life like this giant phantom jellyfish could become extinct in less than 100 years, the study said.
Giant Phantom Jellyfish
The higher the temperature, the lower the oxygen levels in the ocean, the study said. As they get lower, more and more species of marine life will die.
The analysis applied data we know from the “mass extinction.” Scientists say the extinction event occurred 252 million years ago.
During this period, more than two-thirds of all marine life in the Permian became extinct.
If we don’t curb emissions, we could see an oceanic mass extinction, said study author Curtis Deutsch, a professor of geosciences at Princeton University.
The study’s model says that as emissions continue to increase, we could reach Permian extinction levels by 2300.
All who are alive now will be dead by then, but this will put our oceans in a dire state that those who come later will appreciate.
A visualization of how global temperatures have changed since the late 19th century
Of course, this outcome is not guaranteed to happen, as many companies are already working to curb their emissions.
And, if we can keep these levels close to those agreed in the 2015 Paris Agreement, the study says we should be able to have a marine mass extinction event.
However, it is scary to know that this possibility even exists.
We’ve seen some pretty dire predictions about the impact of a warming climate on our planet. Even as NASA and SpaceX are looking for ways to colonize Mars, we need to take care of our planet.
It’s insane to think that the current rate of change on our planet can equate to some of the most extreme scenarios that history has shown us.
Still, if we fail to curb these emission levels, and an oceanic mass extinction event occurs, this will change our planet forever.
Fortunately, as consumers, there are also things we can do to help reduce these levels.
The transportation industry accounts for nearly 27% of all greenhouse gas emissions. So you can easily help reduce emissions by using your car less.
Plus, you can even switch to a car that doesn’t use fossil fuels. Of course, it will take more than carpooling to help stop an oceanic mass extinction event. But if you want to help, this is just one way you can get involved.
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