Fish Failing To Adapt To Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels In Ocean

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    Spiny damselfish study suggests it would take at least several generations for fish to start coping with climate change


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    Spiny damselfish Acanthochromis polyacanthus. Photograph: Flickr/creative commons
    Rising carbon dioxide levels in oceans adversely change the behaviour of fish through generations, raising the possibility that marine species may never fully adapt to their changed environment, research has found.

    The study, published in Nature Climate Change, found that elevated CO2 levels affected fish regardless of whether their parents had also experienced the same environment.

    Spiny damselfish were kept in water with different CO2 levels for several months. One level was consistent with the world taking rapid action to cut carbon emissions, while the other was a “business as usual” scenario, in which the current trend in rising emissions would equate to a 3C warming of the oceans by the end of the century.

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