Climate change linked heatwave caused mass starvation of seabirds

France 24 | Jan 15, 2020 at 7:04 PM
  • Around a million North Pacific seabirds known as common murres died during a 2015-16 heatwave that disrupted their food supply, scientists said Wednesday, the biggest mass mortality event ever recorded among avian species.
  • Elevated temperatures reduced the quality and quantity of phytoplankton.
  • Taken together, the mass mortalities demonstrate that “a warmer ocean world is a very different environment and a very different coastal ecosystem for many marine species,” said Parrish.