Beware Of Bad Science Reporting: No, We Haven’t Killed 90% Of All Plankton

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You may have seen a horrifying headline recently: “Scots team’s research finds Atlantic plankton all but wiped out in catastrophic loss of life.” Marine ecosystem collapse seems a horrifying reality…except the study the article is based on hasn’t been peer-reviewed yet. Experts from the Continuous Plankton Recorder Survey think it’s a bold claim, especially from someone relatively unknown. Their distrust in the study is also fuelled by the vagueness of its parameters, like the strength of the microscope used, which is quite important when observing microscopic organisms. Read full article here

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