Climate change could cause the world’s seas to undergo one of the most serious mass extinctions in the planet’s history in the next 300 years, researchers from Princeton University say, but risk to marine life will reduce dramatically if greenhouse gas emissions are kept under control.

As greenhouse gas emissions continue to warm the oceans, marine biodiversity might drop to levels unseen since dinosaurs died out over the next few centuries says a recent study by Princeton University researchers published in the journal Science.

By analyzing fossil records, the team found that 81 percent of researchers were killed over that period, essentially reversing millions of years of evolution.

Warm water also contains less oxygen than cooler water, causing a slow flow of ocean water, which reduces the availability of oxygen at deep levels.

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