Marine life may die out at levels approaching those of the largest mass extinctions in Earth’s history unless humankind reduces greenhouse gas emissions
This is a finding made apparent by a study published in the journal Science on Thursday which showed that many ocean creatures may be undercooked, and not sufficiently oxygen for survival, if nothing else.
The more that warms up, the less species will survive, the findings indicate.
The new analysis translates what the research team had first seen from the Great Death 252 million years ago when over two-thirds of all marine life in the Permian Period died out and other historic extinctions into today ‘s climate forecasts.
Polar species are most vulnerable because their habitat is becoming an ‘disappearing climate niche,’, the paper said.
The new models indicate that if emissions continue to rise, Earth could be closer to the Permian level of sea extinction by 2300.
With rising temperatures, their biodiversity is predicted to fall near the tropics with some animals moving to higher latitudes, according to the research.