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Climate change pushes fish toward poles, threatening food source for poor - scientists

by Chris Arsenault | @chrisarsenaul | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 21:56 GMT

A man carries a basket filled with fish in the bay of Rio Caribe in the eastern state of Sucre, Venezuela, Oct. 30, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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Fish shift towards North and South poles, robbing poorer countries closer to Equator of crucial natural resources

By Chris Arsenault

TORONTO, Feb 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Climate change is pushing fish toward the planet's North and South poles, robbing traditionally poorer countries closer to the Equator of crucial natural resources, U.S. biologists said in a study published on Wednesday.

Key species of fish are migrating away from temperate zones and toward the poles as global temperatures rise, according to a research team from Rutgers University, Princeton University, Yale University and Arizona State University.

The migration patterns of fish, a critical food source for millions of people, are likely to exacerbate inequality between the world's poor and rich, they said.

The world's wealthier areas tend to be in cooler regions closer to the poles.

"Natural resources like fish are being pushed around by climate change, and that changes who gets access to them," said Malin Pinsky, one of the study's authors and a marine biologist, in a statement.

The study, published on Wednesday in the journal "Nature Climate Change," used data on fish migration patterns along with a mathematical formula that tracked the movement of natural resources and shifts in wealth.

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