Microplastics – Effects of Zooplankton Grazing on Ocean Deoxygenation Studied

According to the abstract of an article in the April 21, 2021 issue of Nature Communications, titled “Zooplankton grazing of microplastic can accelerate global loss of ocean oxygen” by researchers with the Germany GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-021-22554-w “… We demonstrate the potential for an additional anthropogenic driver of [ocean] deoxygenation, in which zooplankton consumption of microplastic reduces the grazing on primary producersAlthough significant uncertainty accompanies these estimates, the potential for physical pollution to have a globally significant biogeochemical signal that exacerbates the consequences of climate warming is a novel feedback not yet considered in climate research …” #Microplastics #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic @GEOMAR_en

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