Ocean Life Is A Lot More Resistant To Global Warming Than Scientists Thought

Life in the Arctic ocean is much more resistant to global warming than previously suspected, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Aberdeen.

The study, published Tuesday, refutes speculations that global warming would cause a massive disruption to the Arctic ecosystem by killing off the algae living under sea ice.

“Our research shows that Arctic deep sea animals are more resilient to changes in their food supply than previously thought — an unexpected finding that suggests they are adaptable to the challenges imposed by climate change,” Ursula Witte, a biology professor who co-authored the research, said in a press statement.

Scientists previously worried that as the Arctic Ocean lost sea ice, tiny algae that live under the ice would die off, potentially starving the deep sea invertebrates that feed on the algae. The study looked at the Canadian Arctic and concluded deep sea life would also eat phytoplankton as an alternative food source.

“Arctic deep sea seafloor communities rely on ice algae and phytoplankton sinking from the surface waters for food,” Witte said. “Summer sea ice loss is predicted to increase phytoplankton but reduce ice algal production, but ice algae are a higher quality food source and reach the seafloor communities earlier in the year when other food is scarce.”

Previous research speculated that sea animals would have issues adapting to a new food supply, potentially causing a massive die-off.

“Previous research has indicated that the animals preferentially eat the high-quality ice algae, which would make them very vulnerable if this main food source was lost,” Witte said. “However, by feeding the deep-sea fauna of the Canadian Arctic with both ice algae and phytoplankton, we have been able to show that they will happily feed on both, with no group exclusively preferring ice algae.

This is the latest scientific study to show that nature is considerably more resilient to global warming than scientists suspected. Even the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change now believes the evidence linking global warming to extinctions is sparse.

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    JayPee

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    Ocean sea life may be resistant to warming and whatever,
    But that’s impossible to discern from current and recent conditions
    Because there is no global warming.
    There is no greenhouse effect.

    If there were a greenhouse effect,
    It could be very simply and cheaply demonstrated
    in a controlled laboratory experiment.
    To think this has never been attempted in the past 40+ years
    is unimaginable since it would give the alarmist cabal an
    irrefutable basis for their cause.

    There is no evidence such an experiment was ever attempted.

    There can only be one reason for that absence.

    ALL SUCH ATTEMPTS HAVE FAILED !

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    Jim

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    Geologically induced ocean warming as per El Ninos are part of the “Natural Selection” process as theorized by Charles Darwin. This specific seawater warming phenomenon can best be characterized as Natures Deep Ocean Forest Fire. It acts to; eliminate weak species, spread new species, and diversify the marine animal kingdom. They are needed to maintain a healthy marine ecosystem. The current Arctic Ocean warming is also geologically induced, natural, and needed. Arctic marine and land animals have experienced these natural warming events in past and are well suited to weather this latest round of warming. See the reference below.
    http://www.plateclimatology.com/how-coral-reefs-recover-from-geologically-induced-deep-ocean-forest-fires/

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    David Lewis

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    All of these gloom and doom studies and predictions continue to over look the Roman and Medieval warming. All of the life that we have now survived those periods.

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