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People wearing protective masks wait in a long queue to refill medical oxygen tanks at Criogas company on June 8, 2020 in Lima, Peru. Due to increased demand, oxygen is in short supply and Peruvians struggle to buy it at higher prices. Raul Sifuentes / Getty Images

At the onset of the global pandemic, wealthy countries were concerned with their lack of preparedness for a surge in patients entering hospitals with an infectious disease. The industrialized nations bought up the world's supply of masks, gowns and ventilators, leaving poorer countries in dangerously short supply, as EcoWatch reported at the time.

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The Atlantic wolffish is already at risk from oxygen depletion. Nilfanion, via Wikimedia Commons

By Tim Radford

Oceanographers have identified an act of slow suffocation, as oxygen loss grows near one of the world's richest fishing grounds, and are linking the change to human-triggered global warming.

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