Climate change is shrinking marine life richness near the equator
A new study has found a strong correlation
between species decline and rising temperatures
Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Between 1970 and 2010 sea surface temperatures in the tropics rose nearly 0.2 degree Celsius
while the number of open-water species declined by about 50%
CORAL REEF RESEARCHER AND ECOLOGIST, SEBASTIAN FERSE, SAYING:
"And I think that is something that is concerning because the time period that they're looking at is actually not that long. If you are looking at geological history where biodiversity patterns or a species evolution is taking place, biodiversity changes are taking place, so in geological history this is a blip, it's just a wink of an eye. To see such rapid changes, or such changes occurring so rapidly is something that's astonishing, I would say."