Report: The World Will Run out of Breathable Air Unless Carbon Is Cut
“As representatives from 195 nations gather in Paris to hammer out a
global agreement to slash greenhouse gas emissions, a new study finds
that the failure to do so could leave the world gasping for breath.
“Marine plants such as phytoplankton are estimated to produce more
than half the Earth’s atmospheric oxygen, according to the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. For the study, Sergei
Petrovskii, an applied mathematics professor at the University of
Leicester in the United Kingdom, calculated how unrestrained global
warming could affect phytoplankton and thus the ocean’s ability to
generate breathable air.”.
He found out that once the world’s oceans warmed by 6C (10F) the
phytoplankton have a mass die-off, depriving us and other creatures of
Oxygen with essentially zero warning.