Dead Zones Dangerously Doubling

November 11, 2014 8:01 AM

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According to a new study by Smithsonian Institution researchers published yesterday in the journal Global Change Biology, global warming is playing a potentially larger role than previously thought in dead zones in lakes, oceans and rivers across the globe and it’s only going to get worse.

The research team examined over 400 ocean dead zones worldwide. A dead zone is what happens in the summer when the temperature of the water rises to a degree at which some species of wildlife die. Generally speaking, this results in the death of crab, fish, oyster and shrimp—which all require oxygen...

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