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Tag: Oceans

U.S.’ Atlantic Coast Likely to Take Worse Battering With Warming

Scientists say the Eastern Seaboard of the United States faces more frequent storms and flooding as sea levels continue to rise with climate change.

Posted on Oct 3, 2015 READ MORE

Climate Change Threatens the Pacific With Seesaw Sea Levels

Coasts and communities in the Pacific region will face more extreme weather hazards as a changing climate magnifies the El Niño effect, scientists say.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE

The Global Warming ‘Slowdown’ Is an Illusion

Researchers say the world is continuing to warm, and evidence shows that claims of a slowdown are unequivocally illusory.

Posted on Sep 20, 2015 READ MORE

Southern Ocean Starts to Soak Up Carbon Again

Scientists report that the great oceanic “lung” is again breathing in vast amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, but can’t say why or whether it will last.

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 READ MORE

Too Warm, Too Few Fish: Health Warning for World’s Oceans

Rampant overfishing combined with the impact of climate change is seriously endangering the well-being of the oceans, environmental analysts say.

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 READ MORE

Revolutionary Fence Is Set to Trap the Sea’s Power

Innovative turbines designed in the U.K. aim to harness tidal energy to produce cheaper electricity—without endangering marine life.

Posted on Aug 7, 2015 READ MORE

Oceans Would Perish Even If Levels of Atmospheric Carbon Were Reduced

While the “future dramatic removal of huge volumes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere” could restore greenhouse gas concentrations to pre-industrial levels, the world’s oceans would “stay warmer, and more acidic, for thousands of years, and the consequences for marine life could be catastrophic” unless the burning of fossil fuels is stopped, a team of German researchers warns.

Posted on Aug 6, 2015 READ MORE

Loss of Seabirds Highlights Double Danger for Species

Scientists say increasing human impacts on habitat are combining with climate change to put serious survival stresses on species and ecosystems.

Posted on Jul 17, 2015 READ MORE

Climate Change May Knock Seafood Off the Menu

Researchers warn of a serious threat to fish, mussels and other marine species as carbon dioxide acidifies the world’s waters and increases temperatures.

Posted on Jul 8, 2015 READ MORE

Global Warming Threatens Colder Climate for Europe

New evidence appears that increased melting of sea ice as the Earth warms could weaken the Gulf Stream and reduce temperatures in Western Europe.

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 READ MORE

Scientists Detect Mysterious Warming in U.S. Coastal Waters

Unprecedented ocean temperature rises off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the United States may be linked to sea level rise or the recent pattern of “weird” weather.

Posted on Jun 28, 2015 READ MORE

Aerosols May Offer Short-Term Lifeline to Corals in Crisis

Reducing the bleaching of corals by blocking the sun’s rays might buy time to keep tropical reefs alive if efforts are increased to halt global warming.

Posted on May 30, 2015 READ MORE

India’s Coastal Villages Map Out Disaster Strategy

The Indian Ocean can be an angry and sometimes lethal neighbor, but those who live beside it are learning to prepare for its next onslaught.

Posted on May 27, 2015 READ MORE

Earth Wins Time as Land and Seas Absorb More Carbon

Climate change has intensified more slowly than scientists expected because the continents and oceans are absorbing more atmospheric carbon dioxide.

Posted on May 17, 2015 READ MORE

Major Attraction of Fjords Is as Carbon ‘Graveyards’

The splendour of fjords is widely admired, but scientists say they are also carbon sinks that play an important role in regulating Earth’s climate.

Posted on May 14, 2015 READ MORE

Seas Generate a Rising Tide of Ideas on Renewables

The E.U. says it’s time for tides to provide energy for Europe from the Atlantic and end reliance on the burning of polluting fossil fuels.

Posted on May 11, 2015 READ MORE

Scientists Weigh New Evidence on Antarctic Ice Melt

The southern continent’s mysteries start to unfold as scientists use satellite data to measure the extent and pattern of ice loss that threatens to be a “runaway problem.”

Posted on May 7, 2015 READ MORE

Man-Made Climate Change Increases Risk of Extinctions

New research warns that the survival of a sizeable proportion of life on Earth is in doubt as fossil fuel emissions push up global temperatures.

Posted on May 4, 2015 READ MORE

Global Warming Slowdown Offers Only Fleeting Relief

Scientists confirm that long-term temperature rise is the inevitable consequence of increasing greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels.

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 READ MORE

New Ocean Energy Plan Could Worsen Global Warming

An apparently promising way of producing energy from the world’s oceans in fact risks causing catastrophic harm by warming the Earth far more than it can bear, U.S. scientists say.

Posted on Apr 5, 2015 READ MORE

Shrinking of Ice Shelves Raises Sea Level Concerns

The rapid reduction of West Antarctica’s shelf ice has dangerous implications for sea levels in a warming world.

Posted on Mar 30, 2015 READ MORE

Eyes in the Sky See Seas Rising Alarmingly Faster

Scientists analysing sophisticated satellite data warn that rises in sea level more rapid than expected are increasing threats to coastal cities and food security.

Posted on Mar 27, 2015 READ MORE

Deep Concerns as Climate Influences Gulf Stream Flow

Ocean scientists find evidence of an increasing slowdown in the Atlantic’s “invisible river” that could seriously affect weather and sea levels in the U.S. and Europe.

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 READ MORE

Acid Attack on Algae Damages Ocean Ecosystem

Increasing acidity in the Southern Ocean is having a serious effect on the growth of a small but hugely important food source for marine life.

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 READ MORE

New Ideas Give an Energy Boost to Wave Power

Scientists and engineers in Scandinavia reveal plans to harness the huge potential of waves to produce commercially viable renewable energy.

Posted on Feb 22, 2015 READ MORE

Mediterranean Sardines Swim North to Keep Cool in a Changing Climate

Fish species in subtropical European waters are migrating to northern waters to escape the warming seas—leaving fishers who rely on them for a living with empty nets.

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 READ MORE

Ancient Shells Offer Evidence of How Ice Age Ended

Ocean sediment reveals that release of carbon stored deep in the sea is linked to the rise in atmospheric CO2 that caused the world to warm.

Posted on Feb 15, 2015 READ MORE

Arctic Melting Opens Sea Route to More Pollution

Increasing loss of Arctic sea ice is likely to soon mean that more ships can use the polar passage—affecting climate, health and air quality.

Posted on Feb 14, 2015 READ MORE

Climate Data Gives Mixed Message on Storm Forecasts

New research suggests that climate change won’t lead to more storms after all—but the bad ones could be even more devastating.

Posted on Feb 8, 2015 READ MORE

Climate Change Triggers Threats to Marine Ecosystems

Just as marine commerce could soon exploit the opening of the fabled north-west or north-east passages between the two great oceans, so could at least 80 species of fish.

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE

Greenland’s Hidden Meltwater Lakes Store Trouble

Scientists find evidence of vast “storage tanks” of water deep below the melting Greenland ice sheet that could have a major effect on sea level rise.

Posted on Feb 6, 2015 READ MORE

Destructive Effects of El Niño and La Niña Could Intensify

International scientists say global warming could double the frequency of the extreme La Niña weather phenomenon that triggers floods and hurricanes.

Posted on Feb 1, 2015 READ MORE

Arctic Glacier’s Galloping Melt Baffles Scientists

New satellite data analysis has produced evidence that rapid melting in the last three years has caused dramatic shrinkage of an Arctic ice cap.

Posted on Jan 31, 2015 READ MORE

Melting Away

The idea of photography as historic document is particularly poignant in a new book chronicling endangered polar regions, with magnificent portraits of icebergs and altered landscapes that are at risk of being lost forever.

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 READ MORE

Scientists Say Rise in Sea Levels Is Faster Than Feared

Harvard researchers find that there has been an almost threefold annual increase in global sea levels over the last quarter of a century.

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 READ MORE

Trapped Methane Escapes as Pacific Depths Warm Up

Oceanographers in the U.S. warn that volumes of methane equivalent to a major oil spill are rising to the surface each year as warmer waters heat the frozen ocean bed.

Posted on Jan 11, 2015 READ MORE

Ocean Warming Speeds Up Cycle of Climate Change

British and German scientists have identified another consequence of global warming that is likely to accelerate climate change still further.

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 READ MORE

Polar Bears Feel the Heat as Icy Habitat Shrinks

As climate change increasingly affects the Arctic, some polar bear populations are suffering because rising temperatures are reducing the sea ice vital for their survival.

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 READ MORE

Climate Change Raises Specter of Space Centre Invasion

Rising sea levels and repeated storm damage to natural coastal defenses pose an increasing threat to the famous Cape Canaveral rocket launch site in Florida.

Posted on Dec 15, 2014 READ MORE

Deep Concern Over Invisible Threat to Antarctic Glaciers

As ocean temperatures rise, warmer currents are attacking the Antarctic ice sheet from below and adding to the threats posed by a melting rate that has trebled in the last two decades.

Posted on Dec 13, 2014 READ MORE

Scientists Hammer Out Warning on Climate Change Risks

A group of international experts says time is rapidly running out to take serious steps to avert the impact of global warming by prioritizing a switch to clean energy systems.

Posted on Dec 5, 2014 READ MORE

Ocean Heat Drives Surge to Global Warming Record

Climate scientists say this year looks likely to enter the record books as the world’s hottest, with the warming of the oceans causing striking changes.

Posted on Dec 4, 2014 READ MORE

Weather Extremes Will Be the Norm As World Warms

The World Bank says the Earth is on an unavoidable path towards a 1.5 C heat rise by mid-century—but it could reach 4 C by 2100 unless immediate action is taken to avoid dire impacts for millions of people.

Posted on Nov 27, 2014 READ MORE

Iron’s Mixed Blessing for Health of Oceans

New research shows that iron fertilization stimulates growth of the plankton that help transport carbon dioxide to the deep ocean—but swells the number of small creatures who feed on plankton and whose shells put CO2 back into the atmosphere.

Posted on Nov 17, 2014 READ MORE

Ocean Acidification and GHGs Hit Record Levels

New scientific evidence of the highest greenhouse gas concentrations on record is compounded by the revelation that oceans are acidifying faster than at any time in the last 300 million years.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 READ MORE

Fresh Water Causes Antarctic Seas to Rise Faster

Researchers in the U.K. have established that billions of tonnes of fresh water from melting glaciers are causing Antarctic sea levels to rise much higher and faster than the global average.

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 READ MORE

Pre-History Proof of Climate’s Seesaw Sensitivity

Computer simulations reaching back deep into the last Ice Age have enabled scientists to put a historic perspective on how even small variations in the climate system can lead to dramatic temperature change.

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 READ MORE

Atlantic Depths May Hold Key to Heat Hiatus

Researchers analyzing millions of oceanographic measurements believe they may finally have gotten to the bottom of the conundrum about why there is a slowdown in global warming despite greenhouse gas emissions rising.

Posted on Aug 23, 2014 READ MORE

Antarctic Warming Could Accelerate Sea Level Rise

An international study says warming is affecting not only the Arctic but also the Antarctic—and that could significantly raise global sea levels much faster than previously predicted.

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 READ MORE

High-Tech Quest for Arctic Sea Ice Answers

A sophisticated array of automatic sensors will allow scientists to conduct the longest ever monitoring program to determine the precise physics of summer sea ice melt in the Arctic.

Posted on Jul 20, 2014 READ MORE

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