Oxygen. You and I need it, and so do the fish in our planet’s oceans.
Unfortunately for the fish, there’s a little less oxygen in the oceans every year, according to a new study.
Climate scientists have long suspected that a warming planet would lead to the loss of oxygen in the ocean, because cold water can hold more dissolved gas than warm water. In an analysis published last week in Nature, three researchers from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel, Germany found that the ocean has lost about 2 percent of its total oxygen since 1960. However, some parts of the ocean are suffering more than others.