Oceans

More Than 90% of Great Barrier Reef Impacted by Sixth Mass Bleaching Event

More Than 90% of Great Barrier Reef Impacted by Sixth Mass Bleaching Event

More than 90 percent of the Great Barrier Reef was impacted by coral bleaching during the Australian summer of 2021-2022.  This is the conclusion of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, which released the results Tuesday of aerial surveys taken of 719 reefs between Torres Strait and the Capricorn Bunker Group. “The surveys confirm […]

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    Climate Crisis Is Speeding the Water Cycle, Satellite Data Reveals

    Climate Crisis Is Speeding the Water Cycle, Satellite Data Reveals

    The climate crisis is making the water cycle spin faster and faster. New research published in Scientific Reports last month found satellite evidence that the water cycle is speeding up, as fresh ocean water becomes fresher and salty ocean water becomes saltier.  “The acceleration of the water cycle has implications both at the ocean and […]

    Acting on Climate Could Save Oceans From Mass Extinction Event

    Acting on Climate Could Save Oceans From Mass Extinction Event

    Around 252 million years ago, a massive volcanic eruption spewed 100,000 billion tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere. This heated the planet and acidified the oceans, wiping out 95 percent of marine life in an extinction event that has come to be known as the Great Dying. Now, a study published in Science Thursday is warning […]

    Sea Shepherd and Mexico Boost Efforts to Protect Vaquita, But Is It Enough?

    Sea Shepherd and Mexico Boost Efforts to Protect Vaquita, But Is It Enough?

    Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and the Mexican Government are tentatively celebrating the initial success of their enhanced partnership to protect the critically endangered vaquita. The long-term effectiveness of the program is still to be seen. What Is the Vaquita and Why Is It Endangered? The vaquita is an endemic species that exists only in a […]

    ‘Unusual’ New Species of Jellyfish Found in Monterey Bay

    ‘Unusual’ New Species of Jellyfish Found in Monterey Bay

    The Atolla is a common deep-sea crown jellyfish with a scarlet red bell and one tentacle that is longer than the others. Scientists have discovered a new species of Atolla that lives in the deep waters of Monterey Bay in a region called the “midnight zone,” where sunlight doesn’t reach. There are ten recognized species […]

    UN Declares David Attenborough a ‘Champion of the Earth’

    UN Declares David Attenborough a ‘Champion of the Earth’

    Sir David Attenborough is a beloved broadcaster who has spent more than half a century bringing the wonders of the natural world into the homes and hearts of viewers. To celebrate his 70-year career, the UN Environment Programme awarded the 95-year-old with its Champions of the Earth Lifetime Achievement Award, the UN’s highest environmental honor.  […]

    Los Angeles Ordinance to Reduce Plastic Waste Requires Single-Use Dishes, Cutlery to Be Compostable or Fully Recyclable

    Los Angeles Ordinance to Reduce Plastic Waste Requires Single-Use Dishes, Cutlery to Be Compostable or Fully Recyclable

    In Los Angeles County, California, the Board of Supervisors has given the green light for a new ordinance aimed at reducing plastic waste. The ordinance will require all takeout items, such as takeaway containers and other dishes and cutlery, to be either compostable or fully recyclable by 2023. Additionally, restaurants with seating for customers who […]

    New App Can Help End Illegal ‘Tortoiseshell’ Material Trade

    New App Can Help End Illegal ‘Tortoiseshell’ Material Trade

    Sea turtles face many threats, from ocean plastic pollution to the climate crisis. However, the critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle faces a unique danger: Its spangled shell is highly desirable to create the falsely-named “tortoiseshell” material popular for trinkets and jewelry.  While selling real tortoiseshell is now illegal, the practice sadly persists. To fight back, […]