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Scientists issue wake-up call on dangerous loss of oxygen from oceans


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Scientists issue wake-up call on dangerous loss of oxygen from oceans

Environment 7 December 2019 By Adam Vaughan Reef fishes are at risk as ocean water loses its dissolved oxygenCsaba Tokolyi/Getty ImagesThe world’s oceans have lost around 2 per cent of their oxygen on average over half a century, alarming scientists who have warned of the trend’s impact on fisheries and endangered species. The number of…

Scientists issue wake-up call on dangerous loss of oxygen from oceans


Environment



7 December 2019

By Adam Vaughan

coral reef

Reef fishes are at risk as ocean water loses its dissolved oxygen

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The world’s oceans have lost around 2 per cent of their oxygen on average over half a century, alarming scientists who have warned of the trend’s impact on fisheries and endangered species.

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The number of low oxygen sites along coasts globally has spiralled from 45 in the 1960s to around 700 now, according to a peer-reviewed report by 67 researchers for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Presented at the ongoing UN climate talks in Madrid, the research projects …

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