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The acidification of the oceans threatens shell forming species

The ocean absorbs a large amount of carbon dioxide, mitigating climate change. However, the carbon dioxide turns to carbonic acid, and appears to be altering the pH value of the oceans. This is a lethal environment for many shell forming species, and could threaten plankton, crabs, clams, etc.

NASA satellites note a decline in global plankton populations

NASA satellites have been tracking a decline in phytoplankton density, particularly in the Northern oceans. Plankton populations appear to have decline by as much as 30% in 20 years.

Decline in phytoplankton production

Phytoplankton production is decling in the world's oceans, particularly the northern hemisphere. This decline has been linked to warming sea temperatures.

Coral Reef Damage Rising Worldwide | LiveScience

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Caribbean Corals in Danger of Extinction

Caribbean coral species are dying off, indicating dramatic shifts in the ecological balance under the sea, a new scientific study of Caribbean marine life shows. The study found that 10 percent of the Caribbean’s 62 reef-building corals were under threat, including staghorn and elkhorn corals.

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Gulf dead zone to be biggest ever

This year could see the biggest "dead zone" since records began form in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The dead zone is an area of water virtually devoid of oxygen which cannot support marine life.

Feeling The Heat - TIME

Goes through a list of species under stress because of global warming. What troubles scientists especially is that if we are only in the early stages of warming, all these lost and endangered animals might be just the first of many to go. One study estimates that more than a million species worldwide could be driven to extinction by the year 2050.

U.S.: More species overfished in 2006

Overfishing further depleted U.S. fish populations in 2006, a government report said on Friday, a finding that prompted conservation groups to call for catch limits and tougher enforcement.

Satellite images reveal harm done by trawlers

Scientists have known for years that when fishing trawlers drag nets and gear across the ocean bottom they trap or kill almost all the fish, mollusks and other creatures they encounter. And the dragging destroys underwater features like reefs, turning the bottom to mud.

NASA studies effects of El Nino

NASA examined the effects of El Nino on the Galapagos, finding that higher ocean temperatures lead to lower phytoplankton production, destroying local fish and seal populations.