Although the world is changing and the waters tend to become more acidic, it would seem that some critters are actually enjoying the change. Further researcher has uncovered that plankton thrives as CO2 levels rise.
As the effects of global warming are becoming more visible, more and more symptoms are resurfacing. Increased temperatures, inscrutable weather patterns and the rising levels of greenhouse gas, all of these reinforce the fact that something is terribly wrong with our world. But for some, it would seem the overall effects are quite beneficial to some aquatic species.
A team of biologists, hailing from the Johns Hopkins University, has uncovered a few surprising facts about plankton levels. Upon reviewing the figures for the last four decades, the team has reached a breathtaking conclusion. Even though CO2 emissions have gone up in the last couple of decades it did not affect the plankton population. Quite the opposite effect it had.
Past research concluded that the plankton population would be affected if the CO2 levels rise over a certain threshold. Once enough CO2 infiltrates into the water, this, in term, leads to the waters becoming more acidic. More acidity in the water, would entail that most microscopical life forms will fade from existence. But it seem that recent events have refuted the old theory.
The researchers from Johns Hopkins reviewed the figures from the Continuous Plankton Recorder. This program provided information regarding major changes in coccolithophores population, which resides in the North Atlantic Ocean and in the North Sea. The data was gathered over a period of four decades, starting from 1965 and ending in 2010.
All the data gathered by the program comes to suggest that even though the CO2 emissions and the sub sequential atmospheric build-up did not have a dramatic impact on the ocean’s fauna. Quite the contrary, one of the researchers added.
So, it would seem that the old adage actually makes sense. One would say: “what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger”. And Mother Nature always finds a way to demonstrate that the argument is always correct.
The researchers in charge of this project did not draw any conclusions on this matter. At length, they are still baffled by the fact that these marine one-celled organism could survive even though the water’s acidity has significantly changed over the years. Still, more plankton means that more plankton eating sea creatures will emerge and would have plenty of food to eat.