Plymouth University study reveals global warming threat to marine life
EXPERTS at the city's university may have proved that global warming will lead to "the extinction of marine life" if it is not halted.
Plymouth University researchers say they believe findings from fieldwork along the North Yorkshire coast reveal rising ocean temperatures which could risk the future health of the world's marine ecosystem.
The results show strong parallels between the Early Jurassic era of 180 million years ago and current climate predictions over the next century.
The team found a 'dead zone' in the rock showing virtually no signs of life and no fossils – followed by evidence of a return to life, with new species.
Professor Richard Twitchett, from the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, said: "Our study of fossil marine ecosystems shows that if global warming is severe enough and lasts long enough it may cause the extinction of marine life."