Updated at 8:18 a.m., Monday, January 8, 2018
BALTIMORE (AP) – An international research team that includes scientists from the Chesapeake Bay says the "dead zones" that have plagued the bay have developed and worsened around the world.
A dead zone is an area in which water contains little or no oxygen, which sometimes results in massive fish deaths. The Baltimore Sun reports that a working group of the United Nations Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission led by Smithsonian Environmental Research Center marine ecologist Denise Breitburg discovered that since 1950, the number of "suffocating" coastal ecosystems has increased tenfold, while the problem has multiplied by four in general. more stable open marine environments. Researchers say that climate change has accelerated growth.
The Horn Point Laboratory Director of the Center for Environmental Sciences at the University of Maryland says the federally coordinated effort to reduce dead zones in the Chesapeake Bay offers lessons to the rest of the world.
Information from: The Baltimore Sun, https://www.baltimoresun.com