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Climate Change Is on Track to Wipe Out Most Ocean Life

Accelerating emissions may cause a catastrophe, but limiting temperature rise to 2° Celsius would reduce the risk by more than 70%, according to a study in the journal Science.

Sea otters

Sea otters

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Scientists warned that a failure to curb carbon emissions may result in the extinction of most marine life, an emptying of the ocean last seen 250 million years ago amid a rapidly warming climate.

Accelerating greenhouse gas emissions could “culminate in a mass extinction rivaling those in Earth’s past,” stated a peer-reviewed paper published Thursday in the journal Science.