If you think that global warming has already harmed our environment enough with such rising temperature and unprecedented weather change patterns then grip your pillow tighter. A new study was warned of something much more devastating that might eliminate human race and all other lifeforms on Earth. According to researchers, global warming can rob oxygen from Earth’s atmosphere which will be catastrophic in future.
Phytoplankton and other microscopic sea plants are the major contributors in reestablishing the atmospheric oxygen. Phytoplanktons prepare their food through photosynthesis and in the process they consume greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and release oxygen. This way phytoplanktons play a double role in curbing the global warming and maintaining the healthy Earth’s atmosphere.
However, researchers believe that increasing temperature will kill phytoplankton and study authors have started registering a steep decline in the population of microscopic sea plants. Another study suggests that population of phytoplanktons has gone down by 20 percent in the past one decade which has resulted in a drop in oxygen levels.
According to reports, phytoplanktons contribute two-third of the Earth’s oxygen and 20 percent reduction in their population means nearly 14 percent decline in oxygen levels that is more than enough to pollute air and create problems for living beings on the Earth.
Scientists from the Britain’s University Leicester said that global warming has resulted in nearly one-degree global average temperature rise and if we humans continue to pollute our environment the same way have been in last one century then the global average temperature would get a hike of another six degrees.
Just a rise of one degree celsius has caused so much trouble for humans with unprecedented weather changes and melting glaciers, unseasonal rainfalls destroying crops, etc. One cannot imagine what will be the effect of six-degree temperature rise. Scientists say that oxygen levels will drop severely that will kill nearly all the species on the Earth.
The study appeared in the journal Bulletin of Mathematical Biology.