Phytoplankton, described as the 'fuel' on which marine ecosystems run, are experiencing declines of about 1 per cent of the average total a year.
According to the researchers from Dalhousie University in Canada the annual falls translate to a 40 per cent drop in phytoplankton since 1950.
The research into phytoplankton comes as a separate report today offered evidence that the world has been warming for the past 30 years."NRC: "De kritiek op het wetenschappelijke VN-klimaatpanel IPCC is nog niet verstomd, of de Amerikaanse National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) komt met een rapport waarin ondubbelzinnig wordt geconcludeerd dat de aarde opwarmt."
NOAA: "The report emphasizes that human society has developed for thousands of years under one climatic state, and now a new set of climatic conditions are taking shape. These conditions are consistently warmer, and some areas are likely to see more extreme events like severe drought, torrential rain and violent storms."
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