Warmer waters release carbon

A five degree increase in ocean temperatures could be enough to set off enormous carbon dioxide emissions.

Research conducted off of the Svalbard Islands has revealed that carbon-storing Arctic plankton turn from stores for carbon dioxide to a source of carbon dioxide in water warmers.

Sea waters in excess of five degrees Celsius can be warm enough to transform the plankton, a temperature that scientists say will be observed more regularly over the coming decades.

Read more at University of Western Australia