Global warming and climate change are having a drastic effect on the planet, but this is something we did not see coming.
Global warming is an extremely real threat and it is affecting the planet and all of us that live upon it in more ways than you probably realize. Many of us are finally trying to reverse the effects and the damage we have done, but it may well be too little too late. That is no reason to stop recycling and ride-sharing mind you, we might not have to find a new planet to live on just yet.
The latest discovery by scientists that has been caused by climate change and global warming might be the strangest one we have heard yet. The changing temperature of the Earth is actually altering the color of the oceans. Nothing as extreme as the Red Sea literally turning red, but the shades of blue and green are altering.
According to scientists, via CNN, the blue areas of our oceans are getting bluer and the parts that appear green are getting greener. The reason most seas and oceans appear to be blue is due to water molecules absorbing all of the sunlight's spectrum aside from the blue part. That is reflected back and voila, blue oceans. The greener parts are due to those areas having a higher concentration of phytoplankton, microscopic organisms that use chlorophyll to capture that blue sunlight.
So why is the color changing? Simply put, global warming is changing the temperature of our oceans. Phytoplankton has already started to leave areas where the water is getting colder, hence making it appear bluer. That also means the areas where Earth's oceans are getting warmer is seeing an increase in the amount of phytoplankton, hence making the water seem a lot greener.
Aside from the seas looking different, what does this mean for the human race? Well, as with everything else involving global warming, it's not good. Phytoplankton is key to a lot of what happens here on Earth. They exist in such large quantities that they are just as responsible for the removal of carbon dioxide from the air as plants. It disappearing from various parts of the planet is not good for us and even worse for certain other species.