Rampant overfishing combined with the impact of climate change is seriously endangering the well-being of the oceans, environmental analysts say.
Researchers warn of a serious threat to fish, mussels and other marine species as carbon dioxide acidifies the world’s waters and increases temperatures.
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.
Fish accustomed to shallow northern waters will search in vain for cooler depths as climate change warms the seas where they thrive.
Dedicated surfers, deeply involved with monitoring the natural coastal environment around the world, warn that climate change now poses a major threat to this booming leisure industry.
The exotic lionfish, already a long way from the reefs of its Indo-Pacific home, is heading further north up the U.S. coast as global warming causes big changes in ocean habitats.
As global temperatures warm, scientists say that in both Australia and the Arctic natural processes are at work to help mitigate the increased heat.
Restoring threatened reefs that protect about 200 million people in coastal communities would cost 20 times less than building artificial breakwaters to reduce the effect of pounding waves, scientists calculate.
A serious reduction of the vital nutrient plankton due to climate change could have a dramatically damaging effect on marine life in some ocean regions by the end of the century.
Researchers are surprised by the speed at which some species of coral are adapting to life in warmer water.