Our oceans are soaking up less carbon dioxide (CO2), a development that could speed up the greenhouse effect and have an impact for the next 1,500 years, scientists claimed on Wednesday.
Research from a five-year project funded by the European Union showed that some vital ocean carbon sinks are now absorbing half the amount of CO2 that they did in the mid 1990s.
Scientists are still debating the reasons why our oceans are absorbing less CO2. While some point to CO2 saturation, others say it could be caused by a change in surface water circulation, triggered by changes in weather cycles.
earthdive believes illegal fishing of Atlantic cod and Alaska pollock could also be a big part of the problem.