Global warming likely to reduce phytoplankton size, thereby reducing ocean’s capacity to remove carbon dioxide from air

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Both the absolute and relative biomass of small phytoplankton in the North Atlantic increase at higher temperature according to new research. The latter variable largely determines the ultimate fate of organic carbon produced during photosynthesis, hence the study anticipates future alterations in the functioning of marine ecosystems which can be summarized in a reduced capacity of the oceans to remove atmospheric carbon dioxide....
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