“The Baltic Sea offers a preview of what’s to come with global warming”

“Then came this past summer’s heat wave, which increased Baltic Sea temperatures to an unprecedented 80.6 degrees Fahrenheit, killing starfish and other fragile marine creatures. It all could be a sign of things to come in a warming… Read More

“As oceans grow more acidic, they’re eating away at their protective floors”

“Much of the deep sea has never been explored close-up by humans. Some submarines have plumbed its depths, but reaching the ocean bottom is a complicated and expensive journey, challenging because the seabed lies under more than three… Read More

“Climate Change Is Killing Coral On The Great Barrier Reef”

“The Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia has seen two massive bleaching events over the span of two years. And that’s led to a widespread die-off of the corals, according to a new study. Through close… Read More

“Scientists’ stop-gap plan to save coral reefs”

“A coral reef takes centuries to form. Vaughan: “Most corals the size of a basketball may be as much as 25 to 100 years old. And ones the size of a small car would be a few hundred… Read More

“Ocean acidification poses new concern for SF Bay water “

“Visitors to the Tiburon shoreline may notice a new addition to the seascape — a five-foot tall, bright yellow buoy anchored just offshore San Francisco State University’s Estuary and Ocean Science (EOS) Center. The Bay Ocean Buoy (BOB)… Read More

“Coral Reefs Suffering In Philippines Despite Outlawing Damaging Fishing Practices”

Coral reefs suffering in Philippines despite outlawing damaging fishing ptactices Some of the fishing methods used in today’s small-scale fisheries are causing more damage to coral reefs than ever, a new UBC study has found.

“A “New Ocean” Is Emerging at the Top of the World”

“As the planet warms, the Arctic is warming more than twice as fast. As ice cover is disappearing, average summer sea ice has declined by more than a third since 1979. That’s roughly equal to the entire area… Read More

“A Small Antarctic Fish Is Helping Scientists Understand The Impacts Of Climate Change”

“If you expose these fish to a single stress — just warming or just acidification — the animals are able to cope with the stress,” explains Todgham. “But when you give the two stressors they lose that ability… Read More

“Low oxygen levels, coral bleaching getting worse in seas”

“Global warming is making the world’s oceans sicker, depleting them of oxygen and harming delicate coral reefs more often, two studies show. The lower oxygen levels are making marine life far more vulnerable, the researchers said. Oxygen is… Read More

“Sea Urchins Are Laying Waste to Kelp Forests – and an Entire Ecosystem”

“In an unprecedented environmental collapse, Northern California’s iconic kelp forests have almost entirely disappeared. Starting between three and four years ago, the region’s population of purple sea urchins – which eat marine vegetation – exploded after a disease… Read More