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Global warming hits sea creatures hardest: Study – All India Radio

Apr 26, 2019

Global warming hits sea creatures hardest: Study

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Ocean-dwelling species are two times more likely to be wiped out due to global warming than life on land. 

According to the research study conducted at Rutgers University in the US, the greater vulnerability of sea creatures may significantly impact human communities that rely on fish and shellfish for food and economic activity. 

The research, published in the journal Nature, is the first to compare cold-blooded marine and land species’ sensitivity to warming and their ability to find refuge from the heat while staying in their normal habitats.

The researchers combed through worldwide research on nearly 400 species from lizards and fish to spiders. 

They calculated safe conditions for 88 marine and 294 land species as well as the coolest temperatures available to each species during the hottest parts of the year.

The marine species are being eliminated from their habitats globally by warming temperatures twice as often as land species. 

The findings suggest that new conservation efforts will be needed if the ocean is going to continue supporting human well-being, nutrition and economic activity.