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Oxygen Is Disappearing From the World's Oceans

The ocean can't seem to catch a break—or its breath.
A man sails on a small boat on December 17, 2017, in the French riviera city of Nice.
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Updated | The ocean is running out of oxygen at a rapid speed—and the depletion could choke to death much of the marine life these waters support. A sweeping review published Thursday in documented the causes, consequences and solutions to what is technically called “deoxygenation.” They discovered a four-to-tenfold increase in areas of the ocean with little to no oxygen, which researchers say is alarming because half of Earth’s oxygen originates from the ocean.

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