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Scientists Predict Climate Change Will Affect Most Ocean Life By 2100

OPB | Oct. 18, 2013 12:25 p.m. | Updated: Oct. 18, 2013 1:28 p.m.

A recent study predicts that over the next 87 years, about 98 percent of the world’s oceans will be affected by a number of factors related to climate change: acidification, warming temperatures, low oxygen or lack of biological productivity. Many areas will suffer from more than one of these problems, according to one of the study’s authors, Andrew Thurber of Oregon State University’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. The study says this grim outlook for oceans is directly related to increasing CO2 emissions. And it’s not just the creatures that live in the sea that will be affected. Thurber says about 2 billion people who depend on oceans for their livelihood will also feel the impact.

The study happens to coincide with a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity against the Environmental Protection Agency over ocean acidification in the Northwest.

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