When storms kick up normally tranquil seas, don't be surprised if water resembles a frothy substance. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, sea foam forms when the organic and artificial matter in the ocean is agitated by wind and waves.
Failure to protect the oceans, which regulate climate and weather patterns, could cause irreversible damage to the world's ecosystems, according to experts.
The second global Ocean Conference taking place in Portugal in a few months’ time promises to be “a critical moment” for the health of life under water and on land, the President of the UN General Assembly said on Tuesday, as preparations got underway.
Much more oxygen than previously thought is transported deep into the ocean interior through a 'trap door" in the Labrador Sea that some researchers say could be closing as a result of climate change.
The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation has published their findings from extensive coral reef surveys conducted in the Kingdom of Tonga.Released today, the Global Reef Expedition: Kingdom of Tonga Final Report contains critical information on the health and resiliency of coral reef ecosy ...
Today (28 January), 102 environmental organizations, led by Seas At Risk, BirdLife Europe, ClientEarth, Oceana, Surfrider Foundation Europe and WWF are launching the ‘Blue Manifesto’. The rescue plan lays out concrete actions which must be delivered by set dates in order to turn the tide on the ...
With the Pacific turning acidic in nature, Dungeness crabs residing in the coastal areas of the ocean are reportedly first to be affected by the ocean's acidification. The Dungeness crab is important to the source of income for fisheries located in the Pacific Northwest but low pH levels in the ...
The sea. Windy, calming, exhilarating. Even a brief visit to the beach can reinvigorate you with new life.
Visit a coral reef off the coast of Miami or the Maldives and you may see fields of bleached white instead of a burst of colors.Coral reefs are in a death spiral. Many of the world’s major reefs — which give the oceans life, support fisheries, prevent storm damage, provide medicine and create oc ...
During the early summer, corals simultaneously release tiny balls composed of sperms and eggs, known as bundles, that float to the ocean surface. Here the bundles open, allowing the sperm to fertilize the eggs where they eventually settle on the seafloor and become new coral on the reef.
Hydrologists diving off the coast of the Philippines have discovered volcanic seeps with some of the highest natural levels of C02 ever recorded. The scientists were working in Verde Island Passage, one of the most diverse marine ecosystems in the world and is home to thriving coral reefs.
Malaysia has an extensive coastline of 4,675km in total and is hemmed in on all sides by seas – the Straits of Malacca, the Sulu Sea, the South China Sea and the Andaman Sea. And all these waters are located within the Coral Triangle, a rich marine ecosystem with nearly 600 species of corals and ...
In 2019, the oceans reached higher temperatures than at any other point in recorded human history, according to a new analysis published on 13 January in Advances in Atmospheric Sciences (1). The new record demonstrates, unequivocally, the reality of global warming
Robust fish populations and a thriving marine ecosystem around two of Seychelles' islands could help the bleached coral reefs there, a new study found.
New research tracking the migrations of leatherback turtles after leaving their nesting grounds in French Guiana shows that they must travel almost twice as far as groups previously observed to reach feeding grounds.
In the future, climate change and diminishing nutrient loads may reduce the amount of animals living on the seafloor in the Baltic Sea. This benthic fauna has so far been increasing in shallow waters during past eutrophication, and this has more than compensated for the hypoxia-driven loss of fa ...
More than a third of the global population lives within 100 kilometers of the world's coastline. But one stretch of coast can vary greatly from the next, and as such, each faces different challenges as sea levels rise in our warming world. Widely understood to protect the land from the water, th ...
The upper layer of the ocean is known as the “ocean mixed layer” (OML). Although usually just a few tens of meters deep, it’s very influential in mediating the exchange of gases, momentum, and energy between the interior of the ocean and the atmosphere.
A new study revealed that the increased freshwater resulting from melting ice sheets in Antarctica, combined with the added Antarctic wind, has reduced the oxygen level inside the Southern Ocean. This has made the ocean warmer and more acidic.
From the air, the turquoise hues of the Turks and Caicos Islands’ vast barrier reef appear as an expanse of blistering beauty. One of the largest reef systems on Earth, it teems with wildlife like friendly wild dolphins, and attracts more than a million tourists a year.
Mexican environmental authorities said Thursday that 292 sea turtles found dead on the country's southern Pacific coast since Christmas died as a result of a red tide algae bloom.
Over the previous decade, numerous high-profile scientific studies claim that tropical fish residing in coral reefs adversely influenced ocean acidification brought about through climate change.
Marine conservation campaigners have called for trawlers to be banned from fishing within three miles of Scotland’s shoreline to help depleted fish stocks and seabeds to recover.
That's because the sprawling seas — some 321,003,000 cubic miles of them — soak up over 90 percent of the heat trapped on Earth by human-created carbon emissions, which are still growing. This colossal heat absorption tempers the continued atmospheric warming of the remote, pale blue dot we inh ...
Both toothed and baleen (filter-feeding) whales are among the largest animals ever to exist. Blue whales, which measure up to 100 feet (30 meters) long and can weigh over 150 tons, are the largest animals in the history of life on Earth.
It’s the end of the decade and the Great Barrier Reef is going out with a bang. Just a month ago the world watched in awe as billions of eggs and sperm exploded across large parts of the the Reef.
In the past 10 years, the world’s oceans have faced new challenges, revealed new wonders, and provided a roadmap for future conservation.
Look out at the ocean, a symbol of constant endurance and abundance. It's tempting to think that in the face of a rapidly changing climate and all the impacts it brings—disaster, food insecurity, habitat and biodiversity loss to name a few—the ocean will always be there.
The largest ecosystem on the planet. The biggest carbon sink on Earth. Over half the surface of the planet. The global ocean, made up of international waters beyond national control, are vast and home to great magnitudes of ocean life.
At 100 feet long and weighing more than 100 tons, blue whales are the largest creatures to have evolved on the planet. Other whales, like killer whales, are larger than most terrestrial animals but pale in comparison to the size of blue whales.
When we think of animals, we typically picture the creatures that we have seen or heard about. But there are innumerable living entities that are completely off our visual range.
The oceans of the world are in deep trouble, a report issued at the annual global climate talks in Madrid has concluded.The report represents the combined efforts of 67 scientists from 17 countries and was released by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Specialists from the Center for Environmental Services of the central province of Sancti Spíritus, today describe as prosperous the state of the coral reef located south of the city of Trinidad.
As humans continue to emit record levels of carbon dioxide, we are putting marine habitats at risk. One consequence of these emissions, ocean acidification, is a serious threat to many undersea environments—especially coral reefs.
The mouth of the Amazon River, which yawns out of Brazil’s rainforested north, must be a stressful place to call home. Each year, six trillion cubic meters of water—roughly enough to fill the Grand Canyon one and a half times—surge from the river into the Atlantic Ocean.
The growing number of greenhouse gas emissions and the loss of nutrients are taking oxygen out of the oceans, threatening all marine biodiversity.
Halting overfishing and the plastic pollution of the oceans could help tackle the climate emergency by improving the degraded state of the world’s biggest carbon sink, a report has found.
From the ship’s deck, there nothing to see but deep blue water, not the remotest sign of a marine paradise that lies just a few metres below the waves.
This is a question we need to ask ourselves but before answering we need to acknowledge the diversity of expectations and aspirations that we all have for oceans, which cover more than two-thirds of the planet’s surface.
The greatest single climate-induced threat facing the world’s 44 small island developing states (SIDS) is rising sea waters which could obliterate some of the low-lying states, including Maldives, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Palau and Micronesia.
A small group of volunteers are mounting their own attempt to reverse the effects of climate change. They call themselves ‘coral gardeners’ and are trying to reverse the effects of global warming on Jamaica’s coral reefs.
From the surface, these 57 square kilometres of water are unexceptional. But dip beneath the surface — go down 20 or 30 metres — and you’ll find a spectacular seascape. Sponges, barnacles and tube worms cover rocky ledges on the ocean floor, forming a “live bottom.”
COLOMBO — Uthpala Adaranga, a ranger with Sri Lanka’s Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC), was initially doubtful about the call he received of a seal spotted near Unawatuna, off the country’s southern coast on Nov. 20.
A new WWF report shows that Mediterranean countries are failing on their global commitment to protect at least 10% of marine and coastal areas, and to stop ongoing biodiversity loss in the region.
Sharks, penguins, turtles and other seagoing species could help humans monitor the oceans by transmitting oceanographic information from electronic tags.
Ocean warming threatens to wipe out corals, but scientists are trying to protect naturally resilient reefs and are nursing some others back to health.
Crabbers are postponing their harvest to avoid entangling whales, as the climate crisis fuels new dangers
Since winning the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Young Champions of the Earth prize 12 months ago, Better Blue founder Miao Wang has taken China’s diving community by storm.
Canada has made disappointingly little progress in preserving the variety of life in its oceans largely because of a contradiction in the federal department that’s supposed to protect it, says a group of senior scientists.
Next month’s UN climate talks have moved from Chile to Spain but will retain the ‘blue COP’ theme.