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Copepods parasites and climate change

Probably not the most interesting of posts 16,700 associations of copepod parasites and their hosts with references 

Copepod parasites

Copepods are marine zoolankton, collectively they represent the greatest mass of animals on the planet, and every night they migrate to the surface of the oceans, and then down again before sunrise.  The mass movement of copepods through the water column, moves more water than the moon and tides.  The amount of thermal energy transmitted is absolutely huge, yet this has not been factored into the climate change model.

Given that productivity is crashing, we have already lost 50% to 60% of their biomass due to toxic chemicals over the last 60 years. A subtle change in water quality can also stress the copepods and make them more susceptible parasitic infection. The decline of copepods mean that there will be less water exchange with the surface, this in turn means that there will be a more stable thermal-cline, higher surface water temperatures, more energy transfer to the atmosphere, stronger winds and climate change.

Climate change is not only dictated by the amount of greenhouse gases in the air,  indeed the primary factory is probably priority chemical pollution of the ecosystem and impact this is having on diversity and primary productivity. 

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Dr. Howard Dryden

Dr. Howard Dryden

Dr. Dryden has unique knowledge combination of biology, chemistry and technology and is the inventor of the activated, bio-resistant filter media AFM®. Dr. Dryden is one of the world`s leading experts in sustainable water treatment.

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