Well, you’ve read the title of this post. Oxygen is leaking away from our planet’s atmosphere, into space. And we like oxygen, because, well…breathing. So, should we worry? Probably not, because the process is so very slow, happening over millions of years. But the issue may have significance for the long term future of our planet. And it’s a fascinating story, because despite the best efforts of scientists, the reason for this strange seepage is still a mystery.
“Don’t panic, but researchers have discovered that oxygen is (very) slowly draining out of Earth’s atmosphere, and right now, they’re not sure why.
By analysing air bubbles trapped inside ice cores from Greenland and Antarctica, a team from Princeton University has found oxygen levels have dropped by 0.7 percent in the last 800,000 years, and figuring out why could be crucial to predicting our planet’s future…” (Science Alert)
Learn more about oxygen leaking from our atmosphere (Science Alert)