A New climate change study shows that fish species are expected to shrink in size up to 24% due to the effects of global warming. The average weight of over 600 types of fish such as halibut, flounder, cod, and many others is expected to contract by 14-24% by the year 2050.
Scientists note that this is due to the effects of global warming removing oxygen in our Earth’s oceans. This quick rise in greenhouse gas emissions said to be the product of burning fossil fuels, will create a harder environment for marine life to flourish as warmer water can hold less dissolved oxygen which is needed for proper respiration and growth. Rising water temperatures also add stress to the metabolic rate of fish.
Noted by U.S. and Canadian scientists:
“As fish grow bigger and bigger, it will be difficult to get enough oxygen for growth. There is more demand for oxygen as the body grows. At some point the fish will stop growing.”
It was also noted that scientists believe that fish stocks were likely to migrate from the tropics towards cooler seas to the north and south for a more habitable climate to live.
Below are a few tips to help slow the process of global warming and better our environment courtesy of dosomething.org:
- Use Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
Replace light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. By using three CFBs, you will save 300 pounds of carbon dioxide and $60 a year.
- Fill the Dishwasher
You don’t have to run your dishwasher every time you eat. By filling it completely, you can save $40 and 100 lbs. of CO2 emission a year.
- Use Recycled Paper
By using 100% post-consumer recycled printer paper, you can save 5 lbs. of carbon dioxide per ream of paper. Don’t forget to invest in recycled paper towels and napkins as well!
- Adjust Your Thermostat
If you move your thermostat down two degrees in the winter and two degrees up in the summer, you can save up to $98 and 2000 lbs. of CO2 per year. Think of the warm sweater or cool bathing suit you can buy with that money.
- Take Shorter Showers
Did you know that showers account for 2/3 of all water heating costs? We know—it’s shocking. Cut your showers short and save $99 and 350 lbs. of CO2 per year.
- Carpool When You Can
With gas prices burning a hole in everyone’s wallet, save some cash while saving 790 lbs. of CO2 by carpooling. If your car is too small to fit all of your BFFs then commute or ride your bike.
- Reduce Garbage
Recycle paper, plastic and glass, and buy products with less packaging. This can save 1,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide a year.
- Plant a Tree
Show off your gardening skills and start planting. A single tree will absorb a ton (that’s 2000+ lbs.) of CO2 over its lifetime.
- Conserve Energy
Did you know that you are using a super huge amount of energy by keeping your electronics (phone charger, blow dryer, etc.) plugged in? Save over 1,000 lbs. of CO2 and $256 a year by unplugging everything.
- Wash your Clothes on the Cold Water Cycle and Air Dry
Because the water isn’t being heated, you’ll save energy. Air-drying your clothes will save 700 lbs. of CO2 and up to $75 a year.
- Ditch the Plastic
Plastic bottles are biodegradable and can sit in landfills for over 200 years! With 2.5 million plastic water bottles thrown away every hour in the U.S., it is best to start using a reusable water bottle. GR8-White Stainless Steel Sustainable Bottles are BPA free and offered in a variety of sizes. Pick yours up today and conserve your planet!