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Natural Capital and Ocean Lungs

THE EVIDENCE is abundant that our oceans contribute much of the oxygen we use, around 50-85% of oxygen in the earth’s atmosphere, and that this oxygen production is affected by pollution. Minute organisms called phytoplankton which live in the ocean waters, close to the surface are the cellular powerhouses which produce and release oxygen to the air. As water becomes polluted and opaque, energy from the sun is impeded, and these micro-organisms are unable to function fully, so that oxygen release is reduced.

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March 2018 Issue number 39 The only independent Pro Scottish magazine on sale today