ScienceDaily: Top Environment News: Climate change will upset vital ocean chemical cycles

Climate change will upset vital ocean chemical cycles

Posted: 08 Sep 2013 10:57 AM PDT

New research shows that rising ocean temperatures will upset natural cycles of carbon dioxide, nitrogen and phosphorus. Plankton plays an important role in the ocean’s carbon cycle by removing half of all CO2 from the atmosphere during photosynthesis and storing it deep under the sea. New findings reveal that water temperature has a direct impact on maintaining the delicate plankton ecosystem of our oceans.