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    UN: Four Key Climate Indicators Broke Records in 2021

    UN: Four Key Climate Indicators Broke Records in 2021

    The UN’s World Meteorological Organization released its annual State of the Climate report on Wednesday, and the result is a grim account of the progression of the climate crisis. The report found that four key climate indicators broke records in 2021: greenhouse gas concentrations, ocean acidification, ocean temperature and sea level rise.  “Today’s State of […]

    Rare Deep-Sea Whale Washes Up on California Beach

    Rare Deep-Sea Whale Washes Up on California Beach

    A mysterious deep-sea whale washed up on a California beach on Sunday. The 16-foot beaked whale was discovered by a passerby at Mendocino County’s Jug Handle State Natural Reserve near Fort Bragg, which is 3.5 hours north of San Francisco, SFGate reported. Because beaked whales live deep beneath the waves and can dive down as far as 10,000 feet, scientists seldom get a chance to observe them.

    New Zealand Sponges Suffer ‘Unusual’ Bleaching Following Marine Heat Wave

    New Zealand Sponges Suffer ‘Unusual’ Bleaching Following Marine Heat Wave

    Sponges off the coast of New Zealand have bleached for the first time following a record-breaking marine heat wave.  Scientists from Victoria University of Wellington discovered the sponges in more than 12 locations near Breaksea Sound and Doubtful Sounds in Fiordland on New Zealand’s South Island, The Guardian reported. In some of the sites, up […]

    1,500 Square Miles of Coastal Wetlands Have Vanished in Two Decades, Study Finds

    1,500 Square Miles of Coastal Wetlands Have Vanished in Two Decades, Study Finds

    Coastal wetlands are vitally important ecosystems. They store carbon dioxide, protect seaside communities from storms and provide habitats for marine life. Yet in the past two decades, Earth has lost 4,000 square kilometers (approximately 1,544 square miles) of tidal flats, tidal marshes and mangroves, a new study published in Science Thursday found. That’s a loss […]