Oregon’s Ocean Dead Zone
Another U.S. Climate Impact
In recent weeks the United States has witnessed more and intensified wildlires [news search], heatwaves [news search] and droughts [news search] that have been exacerbated by climate change. Time to add another to the list of evident climate change impacts that are occurring right now as the recurrent Pacific ocean “dead zone” off the Oregon coast has returned and is worse than ever. At 70 miles long it is smaller than say the Gulf Coast dead zone [search], yet massive crab and fish die offs are occurring. The causation of these oxygen deprived ocean dead zones [search] is complex and not fully understood. In Oregon unusual weather patterns and warmer oceans caused by climate change appear preeminent.