Oceans

Great Barrier Reef Suffers Worst Coral Die-Off on Record

Great Barrier Reef Suffers Worst Coral Die-Off on Record

A new map released by the Australian Research Council shows unprecedented coral bleaching in the last nine months in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, resulting in the largest coral die-off ever recorded. ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies About two-thirds of reefs have died in the most-impacted northern region stretching 435 miles and researchers […]

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    Bizarre Two-Headed Sharks Showing Up in Many Parts of the World

    Bizarre Two-Headed Sharks Showing Up in Many Parts of the World

    A slew of rare two-headed sharks have been found from California to the Caribbean and from Mexico to the Mediterranean, leading scientists to ponder why. Reminiscent of the classic “Simpsons” three-eyed fish, Blinky, the mutated sharks are raising eyebrows. Fox A two-headed embryo of an Atlantic sawtail cat shark was found recently in the Mediterranean […]

    World’s Largest Marine Reserve Created Off the Coast of Antarctica

    World’s Largest Marine Reserve Created Off the Coast of Antarctica

    Today, the largest marine protected area in the world was created in the Ross Sea, off the coast of Antarctica. This is a huge victory for the whales, penguins and toothfish that live there and for the millions of people standing up to protect our oceans. A group of Adeli Penguins are seen here in […]

    Massive Plunge in Wildlife Expected by 2020

    Massive Plunge in Wildlife Expected by 2020

    By David Miller Every two years, the World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society of London report on the health of the planet with an updated index of wildlife populations. This year, the numbers are especially bleak: Populations have already declined on average by 58 percent between 1970 and 2012. And unless we act quickly, […]

    World’s First Aerial Survey of Great Pacific Garbage Patch: ‘It’s Worse Than We Thought’

    World’s First Aerial Survey of Great Pacific Garbage Patch: ‘It’s Worse Than We Thought’

    Boyan Slat, the 22-year-old Dutch inventor and CEO behind The Ocean Cleanup, announced today preliminary results of the organization’s latest major research mission, the Aerial Expedition, the first-ever aerial survey of an ocean garbage patch. Boyan Slat next to Ocean Force One, which will help accurately quantify the ocean’s biggest and most harmful debris—discarded fishing […]

    Our Ocean Conference Confronts Ocean’s Biggest Threats

    Our Ocean Conference Confronts Ocean’s Biggest Threats

    The third annual Our Ocean Conference kicked off today in Washington, DC, to tackle some of the biggest threats facing our oceans, from plastic waste to climate change. Our Ocean Conference The two-day event is hosted by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Hundreds of world leaders, foreign and environment ministers, scientists, philanthropists, heads of […]

    Humans Are Driving ‘Unprecedented’ Mass Extinction in Oceans

    Humans Are Driving ‘Unprecedented’ Mass Extinction in Oceans

    By Nadia Prupis People are driving marine ecosystems to “unprecedented” mass extinction, according to a new study published Wednesday in the journal Science. Large-bodied animals will be the first to go, the study says—blue whales, great white sharks and bluefin tuna, for example. Their size is part of their vulnerability, making them more susceptible to […]

    Closing the High Seas to Fishing Could Save Coastal Fisheries

    Closing the High Seas to Fishing Could Save Coastal Fisheries

    Researchers from the University of British Columbia say that closing the high seas to fishing could help coastal fisheries, increasing catches by 10 percent. But our waters are now more polluted than ever, threatening the entire food chain. © Australian Fisheries Management Authority / WWF Fish have responded to warming ocean waters by moving north […]

    5 Ways to Help Stop the Destruction of Our Oceans

    5 Ways to Help Stop the Destruction of Our Oceans

    By David Pinsky Every day, roughly half of the money Americans spend on food outside of the home is gobbled up by the U.S. foodservice industry. Wait, what’s foodservice? Companies that buy, transport, cook or serve the food you get at Subway, Burger King, a Beyoncé show or the Super Bowl, Walmart corporate cafeterias, the […]