[photo by NOAA used under creative commons license]

A new study from Canada shows that record-setting temperatures within the Pacific region off the Canadian coast have cooked to death an estimated 1 billion sea creatures and claimed hundreds of human lives. 

But, University of Columbia professor Christopher Harley claims that that number is likely to be much higher.  

Harley said mussels and clams help filter seawater, and the death of these animals will affect water quality in the surrounding area.  

He also estimated that more than a billion seashore animals living along the Salish Sea coastline have perished by simply calculating the amount of dead shellfish in a small area, as told to NPR.  

According to climate experts, the “heat dome” over the Northwest is human-caused climate change that will lead to more severe droughts and extreme weather events. 

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