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Statement Sheet For The Academic Year 2011-2012

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Trouble looms as warmer oceans push marine life towards the poles

  Rising sea temperatures attributed to global climate change could drive many marine creatures away from the equator, but their move towards the poles promises to put them in peril in habitats that are smaller and less hospitable, scientists say. Two studies published in the journal Science illustrate dangers researchers forecast for sea animals as diverse as corals, fish and crustaceans. University of Washington oceanographer Curtis Deutsch said warmer ocean temperatures increase both the metabolic rates of ocean creatures and their demand for oxygen, but warm water contains less oxygen than cold, necessitating a move towards the poles to find cooler seas. ... Read More

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