Researchers have found that climate change now means that 12 critical species now have no safe haven on the North American West Coast.
The west coast food web is underpinned by the California Current Marine Ecosystem (CCME), which is a nutrient-rich, cold water current that runs from California to Washington. Sadly, researchers have found that climate change negatively impacts the CCME.
Scientists have found that 12 important species that live in the CCME will suffer significantly over the next 80 years.
The research was led by McGill University biology professor Jennifer Sunday and Professor Terrie Klinger from the University of Washington.
According to Sunday:
“The time to accelerate science-based actions is now. Integrating scientific information, predictive models and monitoring tools into local and regional decision-making can promote stewardship of marine resources and contribute to human wellbeing as we face inevitable changes in the marine life that sustains us.”
You can find the original study here.