Paramedics and a rescue helicopter have been sent to the Great Barrier Reef, where a person has been reportedly bitten by a shark. #HardyReef - a shark bite has been reported in the Great Barrier Reef. Paramedics are en-route...
Sea-level rise, coastal erosion and cyclones are occurring at an increasing frequency, an inevitable force that we haven’t experienced before.
A team of researchers led by British Antarctic Survey has for the first time mapped the deepest part of the South Sandwich Trench in the Southern Ocean. This part of …
A pregnant ray was seen for the first time off a remote Costa Rican island. This is the first time a reef manta ray has ever been spotted in the area of deep open water in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
The discussion has been divisive even among a group of people with a strong interest in protecting coral health.
March 17, 2019 3:15 AM A voice from the cockpit of the Boeing 737 Max requested to climb to 14,000 feet above sea level - about 6,400 feet above the airport - before urgently asking to return.
Ethiopian Airlines flight 302, which crashed killing 157 people, had an unusually high speed after take-off before the plane reported problems and asked permission to climb quickly, said a source who has listened to the air traffic control recording. A voice from the cockpit of the Boeing 737 MAX asked to climb to 14,000 feet above sea level - 6,400 feet above the airport - but vanished from radar at 10,800 feet after starting a right turn home due to what the pilot described as a flight control problem, the source said on condition of anonymity because the recording is part of an ongoing investigation. Shortly before the maneuver, the air traffic controller had been in communication with other aircraft when the voice from Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 interrupted, saying "break, break" -...
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan to protect lower Manhattan from rising sea levels by surrounding it with earthen berms and extending its shoreline by as much as 500 feet.
NOAA would do more studies to determine how coastal communities have been hit by ocean acidification under bills introduced in both the House and Senate yesterday.
It's less vibrantly colored than tropical reefs but it is still stunning (and fragile).
Fragments of fishing equipment and microplastics have been found inside animals living on Scotland's only inshore deep-water coral reef.
Nasa has captured unprecedented photos of the interaction of shock waves from two supersonic aircraft, part of its research into developing planes that can fly faster than sound without thunderous “sonic booms”.When an aircraft crosses that threshold – around 1,225km/h (760mph) at sea level – it produces waves from the pressure it puts on the air around it, which merge to cause the ear-splitting sound.In an intricate manoeuvre by pilots at Nasa’s Armstrong Flight Research Centre in California,…
New data shows that with rising sea levels and increased flooding, home values in the coastal tri-state area—encompassing Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey—have decreased by $6.5 billion since 2005.
Why acidic waters haven’t killed Palau’s vibrant coral could help save many reefs from catastrophe.
More than 2,000 people live on Rennell Island and rely on the coral for food.
The frequency of ocean heat waves has surged more than 50 percent since the early 20th century in a threat to fish, corals and other marine life stoked by global warming, an international study showed on Monday.
The giant heads, carved centuries ago by the island's inhabitants, represent the living ancestors of Easter Island's Polynesian people - the Rapa Nui - and have brought it UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Dozens of giant "Moai" statues dominate the hillsides surrounding the island's Rano Raraku wetland, but they are facing the threat of what locals describe as a kind of leprosy, white spots that are appearing on their iconic facades. The statues must also contend with coastal erosion, rising sea levels, high winds and damage from freely roaming livestock.
It's one bad news after the other for the coral reef.
A Chinese tourist has been detained by police on an island in southern China, accused of breaking off coral from a reef and trying to take it away.Police said the man was being held for questioning after he was found with the coral as he tried to leave Weizhou Island last week, Beijing Youth Daily reported on Monday.A popular tourist spot, the volcanic island is a nature reserve located in the Beibu Gulf, or the Gulf of Tonkin, in the Guangxi Zhuang region.His case is the first to be…
February 25, 2019 6:12 PM JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The Indonesian government has declared 16 provinces across the country as prone to forest and land fires ahead of the upcoming El Nino, a climate pattern linked to warming waters in the central and eastern areas of the equatorial Pacific Ocean.
( California Academy of Sciences ) The global marine community has cause to celebrate a conservation milestone in the Philippines. The Municipality of Tingloy on Maricaban Island in Batangas Province recently designated 22.01 hectares (54.4 acres) of thriving coral reef habitat as a marine protected area (MPA), only the second MPA to be established in the municipality. Located within the most biologically diverse waters on Earth, the new MPA protects against localized threats while bolstering an emerging ecotourism industry.
Australia agrees to discard of one million tonnes of waste in world's largest coral reef.
As the outlook for coral reefs across a warming planet grows grimmer, scientists in Israel have discovered a rare glimmer of hope: The corals of the northern Red Sea may survive, and even thrive, into the next century.
The crossing will link the rocky outcrop of Tintagel Castle to the Cornwall mainland 187ft (57m) above sea level and will be made of two separate cantilevers.
A million tonnes of spoil to be disposed of in marine park – prompting calls for a ban on all offshore dumping The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has approved the dumping of more than 1m tonnes of dredge spoil near the reef, using a loophole in federal laws that were supposed to protect the marine park. The Greens senator Larissa Waters has called for the permit – which allows maintenance dredging to be carried out over 10 years at Mackay’s Hay Point port and the sludge to be dumped within the marine park’s boundaries – to be revoked. Continue reading...
House and Senate lawmakers last week introduced a spate of new bills that address coral reef conservation, oceans and fisheries, as well as public land management, among other things.
Marine park authority fear freshwater bleaching after scientists report ‘extensive’ flood plumes and drop in water salinity Freshwater bleaching of corals could occur this year as a result of flood waters from Queensland’s overflowing rivers pouring into the Great Barrier Reef, the marine park authority has warned. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority told Senate estimates hearings in Canberra on Monday that there is a chance corals hit by mass bleaching in 2016 or 2017 could be damaged again by one of several impacts from the flooding disaster. Continue reading...
Runoff from recent floods in northern Australia is flowing onto parts of the Barrier Reef, scientists said Friday, starving coral of light and providing fodder for the predatory crown-of-thorns starfish. Parts of northern Queensland are still reeling after nearly two weeks of unprecedented rainfall that turned roads into rivers and inundated hundreds of homes with … Continued
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A can of dry shampoo exploding in a Coral Springs home on Thursday had enough force to blow a bathroom door off its hinges.
The Coral Triangle is the most biodiverse ecosystem in the world and is home to a variety of sea creatures, including sharks, colorful corals and vibrant tropical fish.
Hawaii also banned the sale and distribution of similar sunscreens, which have chemicals that lead to coral bleaching.
The Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority’s new high-tech headquarters will be officially opened this Friday. MIMRA Director Glen Joseph said he is expecting a number of VIPs from industry and regional fisheries organizations to attend the celebration of the new three-story facility in Majuro. The entrance staircase features a large mural of a coral reef […]
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Sunscreens that contain two specific chemicals will no longer be sold in Key West, Florida, as scientists have said they likely contribute to what is known as coral reef “bleaching."
Long story short: it's still bad.
A widely reported study in 2016 that suggested Antarctica could add more than a metre...
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Scientists debate a controversial hypothesis that suggests that massive crumbling ice cliffs could speed up future sea level rise.
Key West has become the first place in the mainland U.S. to ban the sale of sunscreens containing two chemicals that have been found in some studies to harm corals. "There are thousands and thousands of various alternative sunscreens that can be used. But we only have one reef," said Commissioner Jimmy Weekley, one of the sponsors of the ordinance. It won final approval by a 6-1 vote Tuesday night. Dozens of locals spoke in support of the ban, which will apply to sunscreens that contain oxybenzone and octinoxate. They said people concerned about sun exposure can use mineral sunscreens, or wear protective clothing. Carlos Gutierrez from the Consumer Healthcare Products Association argued that won't fly in Key West. "I applaud folks that are willing to cover up," he said. "But, you know, folks...
A vibrant blue fish was carried off to its presumable demise by a powerful osprey, with the bird's giant talons gripping the pancake-shaped sea creature and the bird’s golden-yellow eyes piercing the camera.
Corals that prefer isolation to life on a reef are more likely to survive as oceans warm and become more acidic, according to a new study.
After stony coral tissue loss disease reached the Lower Keys last spring, the disease seemed to stall. Reef scientists were hoping that meant it might peter out. But it didn't.
Nature's red flag is the eerie white glow of one of the ocean's most biologically rich ecosystems.
Humane Society will argue shark control measures conflict with authority’s responsibility to protect reef Environmentalists will on Wednesday launch a legal challenge aiming to stop the legal killing of sharks, including several protected species, in the world-heritage listed Great Barrier Reef marine park. The Queensland government runs a shark control program that uses drum lines – baited hooks to lure and kill sharks – near popular swimming spots along the state’s coast. Continue reading...
A NASA study using 15 years of data from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) has found a link between higher tropical sea surface temperatures and severe storms.
Already threatened by rising ocean temperatures and ocean acidification, the latest research suggests sponges are accelerating the decline of many coral reefs.
Guest commentary from Laure Zanna (U. Oxford) and G. Jake Gebbie (WHOI) Two recent papers, (hereafter ZKGIH19) and (hereafter GH19), independently reconstructed ocean heat content (OHC) changes prior to the instrumentally-based records (which start ~1950). The goals (and methodologies) of the two papers were quite different – ZKGIH19 investigated regional patterns of ocean warming and […]
This also implies an acceleration in sea level rise.
Health survey of remote parts of reef by the Australian Institute of Marine Science the first venture The not-for-profit foundation that was awarded a controversial $443.3m grant for the Great Barrier Reef has funded its first project – a research survey that will be carried out by a government agency. The Great Barrier Reef Foundation will announce on Monday that a 25-day health survey of remote parts of the reef by the Australian Institute of Marine Science is the first venture awarded money through the Reef Trust partnership set up by the government last year. Continue reading...
As South Florida communities search for ways to combat sea level rise, efforts to improve flood drainage in the town of Jupiter have saved residents about $500,000 in flood insurance costs over the past year, according to the town’s utility services manager. The National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System reduces flood insurance premiums in municipalities across the country that undertake floodplain management activities. The program most recently recognized Jupiter for removing debris from streams and natural water channels and making other capital improvements. “As long as you have funding and you’re doing things to help improve the drainage systems, you gain more credit for doing those types of jobs,” said David Rotar, the utility services manager. “And that’s what we’ve been...
Why do some corals find plastic so tasty?
The Indonesian capital Jakarta is sinking. At the same time, sea levels are rising. Now the megacity is fighting back against the rising tide — and for its very survival.
"The effect of ocean acidification on iron availability to phytoplankton in the eastern North Pacific is the focus of a three-year, more than $954,000 National Science Foundation collaborative research grant to the University of Maine, University of Washington and University of South Florida." LINK
In the most extensive study to date on sea level rise in California, researchers say damage by the end of the century could be far more devastating than the worst earthquakes and wildfires in state history. A team of U.S. Geological Survey scientists concluded that even a modest amount of sea level...
A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Jan 6 through Sat, Jan 12, 2019
World's Oceans Are Warming Faster, Studies Show, Fueling Storms and Sea Rise
'Global warming is here, it has major consequences, and it's going to be very, very difficult to get this under control,' an author of a new report says.
Ocean warming fuels hurricanes and sea level rise and also affects sea life, sending fish populations migrating to cooler water and causing coral bleaching. Credit: Kelsey Roberts/USGS
A new study published Thursday strengthens the consensus that the warming of the world's oceans is accelerating.
It's a trend that climate models have long predicted, but it had been difficult...
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A pair of Australians scientists developed a robot that will repopulate coral reefs with coral larvae that can withstand warmer waters.
The animation above shows how sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean varied from average week by week, starting in February 2018 and continuing through the first week of January 2019. At the start, cooler than normal temperatures prevail along the equator. As it continues, the surface waters warm, as indicated by the change from blue to red colors.
The Pacific Ocean along the equator is practically shouting to the atmosphere, "Hey, we got an El Niño goi
Scientists say the rate of ocean warming has led to more rain, increased sea levels, and coral reef destruction.
GIFF JOHNSON The 24-man crew of a Chinese-flagged fish carrier vessel that ran aground last week at Taka Atoll in the northern Marshall Islands was rescued over the weekend by Marshall Islands Sea Patrol’s Lomor patrol boat and a Chinese fishing vessel. The crew of the Ou Ya Leng No. 6, a Chinese-flagged fish carrier, […]
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Brian May, the guitarist with the legendary British rock band Queen, has waded into the controversy surrounding US troops in Okinawa by using Twitter to call for people to sign a petition against the construction of a US military base in the prefecture.
In a post on the social media site on Monday headlined “URGENT!!! URGENT!!!”, May re-tweeted a message from activist Rob Kajiwara and urged, “Please sign this petition to save a beautiful coral reef and irreplaceable eco-...
USGS/EROS Physical Scientist Dean Gesch and USGS/EROS CoNED Applications Project Chief Jeff Danielson discuss different remote sensing methods they used to create topobathemetric elevation models of the Majuro Atoll. Brent Clouser (Contractor), USGS EROS Center (Public domain.)
They were discussing building codes—an interesting choice of topics considering that Majuro’s narrow slivers of islands measure only 150 meters wide on average and less than 6 feet above sea level at their highest points. With numerous major international scientific reports projecting that a warming planet could raise the sea level 1 to 4 feet across Majuro’s shores—indeed, around the globe—by...
A swimmer has been bitten by a shark at Hardy Reef in the Great Barrier Reef, near Airlie Beach.
May I have your attention, please: These trains are delayed … forever. Between 2001 and 2010, the MTA sent 2,500 decommissioned Redbird and Brightliner model subway cars to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean off the coasts of six states. Since being sunk, the trains have turned into a home for flounder, tuna, coral, barnacles...
[Observer] Ocean acidification, often referred to as "the other CO2 problem," is a major threat to marine ecosystems worldwide, and is the focus of the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14.3.
Egypt’s Naval Forces have rescued two French tourists from drowning south of the Red Sea on Sunday, after their sailing boat was hit by 40-knot wind speed, causing the boat to sink. Spokesperson of the Armed Forces Tamer al-Refai stated that the naval forces were alerted to the boat’s sinking, nearby the Qandera coral reef … Continued
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While experts say it is too soon to know what brought down the Boeing 737 MAX 8 on March 10, aviation authorities worldwide have grounded Boeing's 737 MAXs, as concerns over the plane caused the company's share price to tumble. In Addis Ababa, a source who has listened to the air traffic control recording of the plane's communications said flight 302 had an unusually high speed after take-off before the plane reported problems and asked permission to climb quickly. A voice from the cockpit of the Boeing BA.N 737 MAX requested to climb to 14,000 feet above sea level - about 6,400 feet above the airport - before urgently asking to return, the source told Reuters on condition of anonymity because the recording is part of an ongoing investigation.
A voice from the cockpit of the Boeing 737 MAX requested to climb to 14,000 feet above sea level - about 6,400 feet above the airport - before urgently asking to return, the source told Reuters on condition of anonymity because the recording is part of an ongoing investigation. Addis Ababa is surrounded by hills and, immediately to the north, the Entoto Mountains.
Josh Thomas, who worked with three Liberal environment ministers, will get an annual salary of $353,180 A former policy adviser to multiple Liberal party environment ministers has been appointed the new chief executive of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the government body responsible for managing the reef. Josh Thomas, who worked as an adviser to current minister Melissa Price, as well as former environment ministers Josh Frydenberg and Greg Hunt, will start a five-year term in the role on 18 March with an annual salary of $353,180. Continue reading...
Sea-level rise threatens California's economy 10 times more than recent extreme wildfires or severe earthquakes, according to a major new study.
Lilly Palmer, 21, took the breathtaking photos while her and a group of friends were free-diving at Coral Bay on the Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia.
Environmentalists and Democratic lawmakers want to bar the sale of sunscreens that may damage coral reefs, but scientists are divided on if it would help.
Birds of a feather may flock together, but when it comes to corals, sometimes it helps to mix things up.
Coral reefs face a bleak future, but survival may come from a very unlikely place—the dark, cold depths of the ocean.
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast By Isabelle Côté, Professor of Marine Ecology, Simon Fraser University Many families will soon escape the winter to seek warmer, sunnier climes. Swimsuits and sunglasses will invariably find their way into suitcases, but one common item might be giving people a little more pause than it once did: sunscreen. Why? Well, with some fanfare back in November, Palau — a beautiful country surrounded by coral reefs in the western Pacific Ocean — announced that it would ban certain kinds of sunscreen by 2020. Hawaii and Key West, Florida have passed similar laws that will go into effect in 2021, and it’s likely that other jurisdictions will follow suit. Read more at The Daily Beast.
Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony has been in office for a little more than a month. Formerly a Coral Springs police sergeant, Tony was chosen to replace Scott Israel, who was suspended by Governor Ron DeSantis for his response to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting. Sheriff Tony joined Sundial to talk about his priorities coming into the position—especially those pertaining to school safety— and his plans to run for the office in 2020. In 2017, City of Miami voters passed the $400 million Miami Forever Bond initiative—a bond aimed at making the city more resilient to sea-level rise. The bond covers multiple projects such as new flood water drainage pumps throughout the city and redeveloping waterfronts. A $58 million tranche has been designated for the first phase of projects...
Several reefs have not recovered from back-to-back bleaching, surveys have found, but others remain in good condition Coral reefs in the far north of the Great Barrier Reef are showing lasting effects from the mass bleaching of 2016 and 2017 and in some cases their health has declined further, according to fresh surveys by the Australian Institute of Marine Science. Preliminary results of surveys by Aims scientists in January show several reefs have not recovered from the back-to-back bleaching, although the agency said some reefs they surveyed were in good condition. Continue reading...
The last time Jim Murphy saw snow in Los Angeles, he was 11 years old. It was December, 1968 — a week or so before holiday break — and the already unruly class was stirred into a frenzy when one sixth grader spotted the flurries outside.
“Of course, everyone ran out of the classroom,” Murphy recalls. “The teacher had no control.”
Northridge, where Murphy grew up, is a neighborhood of Los Angeles that sits at about 800 feet above sea level. Snow is more common there than in the heart o
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Readers had questions about mitochondrial DNA, Neandertal diets, deep ocean corals and more.
The far-flung Marshall Islands needs to raise its islands if it is to avoid being drowned by rising sea levels, President Hilda Heine has warned. Plans are underway for national talks on which of the 1,156 islands, scattered over 29 coral atolls, can be elevated in a dramatic intervention to ensure safety on the islands.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority approved the jettison of the waste through a loophole in the federal laws that are meant to protect the landmark.
Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he's impressed with Miami's efforts to cope with rising sea levels — and he wishes President Trump were paying attention, too.
Dolphinaris is getting out of the dolphin business, after transporting their remaining dolphins to Coral World Ocean Park in St. Thomas.
As the outlook for coral reefs across a warming planet grows grimmer than ever, scientists in Israel have discovered a rare glimmer of hope
February 19, 2019 11:25 AM NEAR SHAYMAK, TAJIKISTAN (THE WASHINGTON POST) - Two miles above sea level in the inhospitable highlands of Central Asia, there is a new power watching over an old passage into Afghanistan: China.
In a dying reef world, the writer explores the underwater bliss of a little Caribbean island that is showing the world just how to save coral.
The parliamentary week begins with Scott Morrison facing another test of his numbers on the floor of the House of Representatives. All the day’s events, live 1.48am GMT The Great Barrier Reef marine park authority has been telling Senate estimates about the impact of the Queensland floods on the Great Barrier Reef. Scientists are still monitoring the impact but GBRMPA warns that some of the things we could see in coming weeks and months are freshwater bleaching of corals stressed by a drop in the water’s salinity levels, a dying off of some seagrasses and, potentially, deaths of animals that feed on seagrass such as dugongs and turtles. 1.41am GMT Labor’s shadow industrial relations minister Brendan O’Connor has been out and about on Senate estimates revelations about the...
“Assisted Evolution” offers hope for the future of corals.
February 15, 2019 12:00 PM CANBERRA (XINHUA) - Leading scientists have expressed concern after polluted floodwaters hit an "extraordinarily large area" of the Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef.
City commission voted 6-1 to bar certain chemicals blamed for harming the only living coral reef found in the continental US Officials in Key West, the popular Florida holiday destination, have decided to ban the sale of sunscreens containing certain chemicals blamed for harming the only living coral reef found in the continental US. Related: Back from the brink: the global effort to save coral from climate change Continue reading...
February 07, 2019 8:40 AM WASHINGTON (WASHINGTON POST) - Some 115,000 years ago, homo sapiens were still living in bands of hunter gatherers, largely confined to Africa. We still shared the globe with the Neanderthals, although it's not clear we had met them yet.
The Key West City Commission voted to ban sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, two chemicals deemed damaging to coral reefs.
New research shows the planet is already paralleling the most recent major warm period in its past. Now the only question is how fast Antarctica could collapse.
Sea level rise estimates are moving upwards. There could be at least a 1.3 metre rise by 2100, which would spell disaster for coastal communities
Key West voted late Tuesday to ban the sale of sunscreens containing certain chemicals linked to coral reef bleaching. The ban is set to go into effect Jan. 1, 2021. The Key West City Commission voted 6-1 to ban the sale, within city limits, of sunscreens that contain oxybenzone or octinoxate, the Miami Herald reports. Some studies have linked the chemicals to cellular damage in coral reefs. But industry officials challenged the ban, saying the link between the chemicals and coral bleaching isn't proven. Only one living coral reef exists in North America, and it lives about six miles off the Keys. "We have one reef, and we have to do one small thing to protect that," said Mayor Teri Johnston. "It's our obligation." ~~~~~https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com%2FAylaCroft%2Fstatus%2F1093020406125088769~~~~~~...
Sunscreens containing the chemicals linked to coral reef bleaching will be banned from sale in Key West. The city commission voted 6-1 Tuesday night. Industry officials say the link isn't proven.
(This February 4 story was corrected to remove incorrect reference to 1.5 meter sea-level rise in paragraph 7)
Subsidence caused by an earthquake has created a snapshot of what life might be like for many more as sea levels continue to rise The water laps above her ankles, and flows through her home, sending bottles bobbing gently on the high tide. But Maria Saavedra is unworried, and unmoving. “I really like it here on the island because it is peaceful,” she says, sitting in the front room of her inundated home on Ubay Island, in the centre of the Philippines archipelago. Continue reading...
Park City, Utah — Despite being 7,000 feet above sea level, Sundance’s head was hardly in the clouds. For its 2019 iteration, the same film festival that gave us “The Blair Witch Project,” “Get Out” and “Call Me By Your Name” had a different kind of hot ticket: documentaries. The biggest hit — and shock...
At Monday’s meeting, the Atlantic Beach City Commission took steps to acknowledge the threat of sea level rise and to begin exploring coastal resiliency strategies.
Diverse plots of corals appeared healthier than monocultures at the end of a 16-month study.
A mass child sacrifice in Peru that occurred over 500 years ago may have been due to an “El Nino” event. According to archaeologist Gabriel Prieto, the mass grave– which holds the skeletal remains of 132 children and dated between 1400 and 1450 A.D.– may have been made by the Chimu people in an effort to halt devastating weather.
Only 2016, 2017 and 2015 were warmer than last year, and experts say small differences are because of natural yearly weather variations like El Nino and La Nina.
Green fluorescent protein lures algal symbionts to corals.
[UNEP] Gator Halpern, winner of the Young Champion of the Earth award 2018 in Latin America and the Caribbean, and his team at Coral Vita are off to a flying start in 2019.
Since 2016, over half of the Great Barrier Reef has died. Katy Kelleher on what it means for Pantone to name Living Coral the color of 2019.
Personal care brand Procter & Gamble has joined forces with several major companies to launch a new organization to tackle plastic waste levels in the ocean. The conglomerate, which owns brands such as Olay, Herbal Essences and Gillette, has co-founded the ‘Alliance to End Plastic Waste' (AEPW) alongside dozens of other global member companies, such as ExxonMobil, Shell and Total. The non-profit alliance has pledged to donate over $1 billion in order to invest $1.5 billion over the next five years to help eliminate plastic waste in the environment.
ANAO finds department decided Great Barrier Reef Foundation was the ‘obvious’ partner after just three days An official audit has criticised the Australian government and the environment department for applying “insufficient scrutiny” to numerous aspects of a controversial proposal to award $443.3m to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. In a report tabled on Wednesday , the Australian National Audit Office said the department was given just 11 business days by the government to find a private organisation to deliver the record grant, announced in April last year. Continue reading...
University of California researchers found wave power increased globally by 0.4% every year since 1948. This is bad news for coastal regions facing rising sea levels and more intense storms.
Antarctica's annual ice losses have accelerated six-fold in the past 40 years in a trend that could push sea levels meters higher in coming centuries amid man-made global warming, scientists said on Monday.
35Coffee is using the profits from its coffee sales to plant new coral across Okinawa Prefecture
Scientists say the rate of ocean warming has led to more rain, increased sea levels, coral reef destruction and declining ocean oxygen levels.
Victorian government will not re-route the road but is looking at ‘several options’ to ensure its safety Key sections of Victoria’s Great Ocean Road are at risk from erosion and need urgent action, a government-commissioned report has found. But the Andrews Labor government said it would not change the road’s route. Continue reading...
A newly created 'Underwater Homeowners Association' held its first meeting in The Village of Pinecrest Wednesday. The group is made up of residents who want to tackle the issue of sea level rise as a community. It is also the finishing touch on a piece created by environmental artist Xavier Cortada. “Today is the day where I conceptually sign the painting,” Cortada said. Cortada's dream of creating a community that is able to discuss the threat of sea level rise began months ago with colorful street art scattered about Pinecrest. Homeowners repurposed yard signs and drew on sidewalks, visualizing how many feet of sea water must rise before each property goes under. Cortada’s ultimate goal was to create the homeowners group. “Some people sculpt with clay. In this case, I’m sculpting with people.”...
January 10, 2019 1:43 PM A woman and a child were bitten by a shark at the popular Whitsunday Islands near Australia's Great Barrier Reef on Thursday in the latest of a string of such attacks.
( Virginia Tech ) Nina Stark, assistant professor, has been awarded a NSF CAREER award to study soil mechanics in response to hydrodynamic forcing and morphodynamics.
( University of Maine ) The goal is to develop proxies for quantifying iron availability under present and future ocean acidification conditions, and learn more about how ocean acidification-induced changes in iron chemistry affect phytoplankton production and the composition of the phytoplankton community -- critical factors that will affect food webs and fisheries productivity.
Doug Marcy with NOAA's Office of Coastal Management (Public domain.)
Created within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office for Coastal Management (OCM), the Sea Level Rise Viewer web-mapping tool visually projects how sea level rise and coastal flooding may one day impact communities, local landmarks, and infrastructure. The underlying premise behind what the viewer projects is simple enough, says Doug Marcy, who works for OCM in Charleston, SC. When sea leveIs go up, the current high tides go up with them.
“It looks at the difference in tide range. It’s like, we take what happens now at high tide, and then we add what’s going to be the high tide in the future,” Marcy said of the viewer. “We start with where our base level is and say, ‘OK, if we have three more...