In virtual realm: not enough salt in sea and Atlantic invaded by Pacific refugees (or something)

Fears for Baltic’s marine life as global warming decreases the salt in the sea
Changes in North Atlantic could also undermine the entire food chain, says Europe-wide study

By Paul Bignell

Climate change will turn the Baltic Sea into an increasingly freshwater sea and devastate its marine life, according to scientists.

A multinational study has found that an increase in precipitation in the region would lead the water in the Baltic to become less salty. Such a decrease in salinity would change the make-up of sea life, which is already suffering from over-fishing and harmful chemicals.

Professor Chris Reid, of the Marine Institute, University of Plymouth, who was involved in the study, said: “Due to global warming, it is predicted there will be an increase in precipitation in the river basins that flow into the Baltic Sea. As a result – because it’s an enclosed sea with a very narrow exit – the sea will become fresher. We predict this will happen over the next 100 years.” (Independent)

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