‘Worse Than Rainforest Loss’: New Data on Our Dying Oceans

Jul 29th, 2010 | By | Category: Water

Microscopic marine algae which form the basis of the ocean food chain are dying at a terrifying rate, scientists said today.

Phytoplankton, described as the ‘fuel’ on which marine ecosystems run, are experiencing declines of about 1 per cent of the average total a year.

According to the researchers from Dalhousie University in Canada the annual falls translate to a 40 per cent drop in phytoplankton since 1950.

The research into phytoplankton comes as a separate report today offered evidence that the world has been warming for the past 30 years.

via Massive 40% decline in ocean’s phytoplankton puts entire food chain under threat | Mail Online.

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