Oxigen loss – long term consequences

1024px-extinction_intensity-svgWarming oceans may have long-term effects on our own future potential as recent and historical processes show.


The current decline in the oxygen level of the oceans resulting from global warming is not just alarming in itself. The subsequent reduction of the biomass in the oceans may also easily result in a significant nutrient gap, and the slow recovery of the nutrition was exactly the factor behind the very slow recovery of the ocean’s biodiversity during the worst known mass extinction 250 million years ago.

Why is it relevant to the meanings of life? Because we can permanently harm our long-term potential to survive and develop. The global warming is not just a temporary problem or something we can remedy in mere few thousands year. We may destroy our capability to reach our aims and fulfil our hopes as a race – the very opposite of the meaning of our life.

Causes behind the slow recovery after the worst mass extinction

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Similar processes today

Environmental science: Oceans lose oxygen


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Jurassic drop in ocean oxygen lasted a million years


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