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#124182
2020-02-17

Helping to support threatened marine life

As a marine ecologist at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, Australia, I make about 150 dives a year, looking for threatened marine species. I focus on animals and plants that go largely unnoticed: small crustaceans and fish species such as gobies and blennies that grow 3 or 4 centimetres long.

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#124180
2020-02-14

World’s largest subterranean fish discovered in Indian cave – and it's blind

Scientists have discovered the world’s largest known subterranean fish in a cave in northeastern India. The “troglomorphic fish” was discovered last year, according to recently released research. “The largest individual seen in the cave was in excess of 400 mm [15.8 inches] in standard length ma ...

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#124147
2020-02-13

Monaco’s Prince Albert II: Oceans are a ‘family heritage,’ with little time to save them

When you think of Monaco, it’s hard not to envision opulent resorts, Formula 1 racing, classic cars, luxury casinos, and harbors lined with private yachts, against the glitzy backdrop of the French Riviera.

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#124125
2020-02-11

What is sea foam? What to know about when oceans get rough

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.

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#124126
2020-02-11

Failing to protect oceans could cause irreversible damage, experts say

Failure to protect the oceans, which regulate climate and weather patterns, could cause irreversible damage to the world's ecosystems, according to experts.

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#124084
2020-02-05

Ocean Conference has potential to be a ‘global game-changer’

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.

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#124063
2020-02-03

DEEP OCEAN OXYGEN LEVELS MAY BE MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO CLIMATE CHANGE

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.

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#124031
2020-01-30

The Global Reef Expedition: Kingdom of Tonga

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 ...

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#123974
2020-01-28

Ten years to save the #Ocean

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 ...

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#123994
2020-01-28

The Pacific Ocean's Acidification Is So Severe, Dungeness Crabs' Shells Are Dissolving

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 ...

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#123967
2020-01-27

What Are Ocean Dead Zones?

The sea. Windy, calming, exhilarating. Even a brief visit to the beach can reinvigorate you with new life.

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#123939
2020-01-24

Coral in Crisis: Can Replanting Efforts Halt Reefs’ Death Spiral?

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 ...

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#123908
2020-01-23

Bending with Wind, Coral Spawning linked to Ocean Environment

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.

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#123909
2020-01-23

Deep diving scientists discover bubbling CO2 hotspot

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.

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#123840
2020-01-21

Malaysia plans to do more to protect our coral reefs and marine life

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 ...

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#123813
2020-01-20

What do record ocean temperatures tell us about climate change?

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

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#123816
2020-01-20

Seychelles: Soft Coral Around 2 Seychelles Islands Suffered Less Than Feared in 2015-17 Warming, Study Finds

Robust fish populations and a thriving marine ecosystem around two of Seychelles' islands could help the bleached coral reefs there, a new study found.

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#123779
2020-01-17

Ocean warming forcing leatherback turtles to travel further for food

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.

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#123730
2020-01-15

Is there going to be a meagre future for animals living on seafloor of Baltic Sea?

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 ...

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#123667
2020-01-13

Mudflats, mangroves and marshes — the great coastal protectors

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 ...

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#123678
2020-01-13

Understanding Material Movement in the Ocean’s Upper Layer

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.

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#123648
2020-01-10

Antarctic Waters are Now Warmer with Higher Acidity and Less Oxygen

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.

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#123649
2020-01-10

Turks and Caicos Corals: Disease Threatens Barrier Reef

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.

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#123656
2020-01-10

About 300 sea turtles die in Mexico from red tide

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.

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#123629
2020-01-09

Ocean Acidification Don't Affect the Behavior of Coral Reef Fishes

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.

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#123583
2020-01-06

Conservationists call for three-mile coastal fishing limit in Scotland

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.

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#123534
2019-12-19

The oceans absorbed an unfathomable amount of heat this decade

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 ...

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#123510
2019-12-18

Why are whales big, but not bigger?

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.

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#123511
2019-12-18

The big bang: Climax on the Reef as coral spawns for a second time

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.

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#123472
2019-12-17

Eighteen Things We’ve Learned About the Oceans in the Last Decade

In the past 10 years, the world’s oceans have faced new challenges, revealed new wonders, and provided a roadmap for future conservation.

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#123473
2019-12-17

Biological oceanographer breaks down the linkages between human impacts on the ocean and their effects on human systems

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.

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#123438
2019-12-13

For the global ocean

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.

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#123451
2019-12-13

The limits of ocean heavyweights: Prey curb whales' gigantic size

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.

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#123376
2019-12-11

Five of the most colorful and beautiful ocean creatures

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.

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#123378
2019-12-11

The world’s oceans are gasping for breath

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.

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#123384
2019-12-11

Coral reef in southern central Cuba deemed prosperous

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.

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#2943
2019-12-09
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2020-01-24

Submission of Information on Experiences in the Implementation of Marine Spatial Planning

Reference: SCBD/SSSF/AS/SBG/JA/JMQ/88545 (2019-113)
To: CBD National Focal Points; Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Focal Points; SBSTTA Focal Points; indigenous peoples and local communities; and relevant organizations and initiatives

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#123313
2019-12-06

Protecting living corals could help defend the Great Barrier Reef from ocean acidification for decades

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.

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#123320
2019-12-06

The Amazon Reef Is Alive, Growing, and Under Threat—Again

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.

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#123329
2019-12-06

Climate heating is sucking the oxygen out of the oceans

The growing number of greenhouse gas emissions and the loss of nutrients are taking oxygen out of the oceans, threatening all marine biodiversity.

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#123246
2019-12-04

Tackling degraded oceans could mitigate climate crisis - report

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.

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#123220
2019-12-03

In the Atlantic’s far south, cameras reveal biodiversity gem

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.

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#123230
2019-12-03

What Do We Want from Our Oceans?

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.

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#123231
2019-12-03

World’s Crisis-Stricken Oceans Doomed to Destruction Without a Global Treaty

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.

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#123233
2019-12-03

Grassroots divers known as ‘gardeners’ are trying to save coral reefs

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.

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#123190
2019-12-02

How a small stretch of ocean stirred a conservation movement

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.”

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#123176
2019-11-29

Elephant seal native to Antarctica spotted for first time in tropical Sri Lanka

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.

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#123179
2019-11-29

Mediterranean marine protection failing as 2020 deadline looms

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.

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#123165
2019-11-28

Animals could help humans monitor oceans

Sharks, penguins, turtles and other seagoing species could help humans monitor the oceans by transmitting oceanographic information from electronic tags.

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