Marine species increasingly can’t live at equator due to global heating

12th Apr, 2021

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Fish at Wetar island in Indonesia. Scientists say the fall in marine diversity around the equator could have profound consequences that are hard to predict. Photograph: agefotostock/Alamy


Global heating has made the ocean around the equator less rich in wildlife, with conditions likely already too hot for some species to survive, according to a new study. Analysis of the changing locations of almost 50,000 marine species between 1955 and 2015 found a predicted impact of global heating – species moving away from the equator – can now be observed at a global scale.

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