Global Warming has struck the world and we have already started seeing some of the adverse effects like unpredictable weather patterns, drought, melting ice, rising sea level, etc. However, there’s something more alarming that might make our Earth inhabitable and unsustainable. According to a new research, global warming could steal our planet’s oxygen. With the increasing temperature due to global warming, microscopic sea plants, phytoplankton will not be able to do photosynthesis and release oxygen in the atmosphere which will result in a drop in oxygen levels, warn researchers.
Scientists from the Britain’s University Leicester said that this possible consequence of global warming is more dangerous than all since, it will strike us very soon and we humans cannot do anything against it apart from just avoiding it by controlling the global warming now.
Phytoplanktons contribute two-third of the Earth’s oxygen through photosynthesis, a process through which plants make their food with the help of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in the presence of sunlight and releases oxygen in the atmosphere as the byproduct. Now scientists claim that if nothing is done to stop the global warming now which has resulted in 1-degree celsius average global temperature rise then by 2100 the average global temperature would get a hike of 6-degree celsius.
After such a horrendous rise in temperature, phytoplankton would loose the ability to do photosynthesis which will result in the global dip in oxygen levels making earth inhabitable place to live. Oxygen level will drop not only on land but in water too which will kill most the species on Earth and scientists believe that we might not live to see the next apocalypse.
However, the study was based on mathematical model and several natural factors were not taken into account in the study which might have lead to a different outcome. But the study has warned people of the another possible outcome of global warming which is far more dangerous than others.
The study appeared in the journal Bulletin of Mathematical Biology.
First published on Dec 3, 2015, 09:52 AMTags: global warming, oxygen, photosynthesis, phytoplankton, temperature