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Ocean Hypoxia

Definition: Hypoxia generally refers to a lack of oxygen in any part of the body. In a neurological context, it refers to a reduction of oxygen to the brain despite adequate amounts of blood.

Think of the Oceans as the world's blood and you'll understand what this means to the world.



An ocean on the slide could hurt us badly 

Published: Sunday, August 08, 2010
The Oregonian Editorial Board

It may be hardest of all to care about something unseen. A single glass of seawater drawn from the surf in Newport or Brookings might look clear but in fact would roil with at least 75 million organisms called phytoplankton.  And we vitally depend upon such creatures. Out in the ocean, infinite numbers of them produce half the world's oxygen and form the base of the marine food chain. For what it's worth, phytoplankton eat crazy amounts of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas.


Carbon’s Burden on the World’s Oceans

03 June 2008: Analysis

The burgeoning amount of carbon dioxide in oceans is affecting a lot more than coral reefs. It is also damaging marine life and, most ominously, threatening the future survival of marine populations.
by Carl Safina and Marah J. Hardt

When the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) convened in Boston this year, a handful of marine biologists and physiologists exposed a whole new side of climate change. They offered no data about the atmosphere. Their focus was not on temperature. Their conversation referred to warming only as a secondary and confounding effect. Read Full Story at Yale e360



 

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