Category: Oceans

‘Nightmare’ California oil spill damages rare coastal ecosystem

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Originally Published by Environment | The GuardianActivists say accident is soiling Gaviota coast, a Mediterranean-climate region of which there are only five in the world, and will be closed off for weeks or months Continue reading…

Pacific ‘blob’ is changing weather patterns

Originally Published by EarthSkyA pup lies with older sea lions at the Coast Guard Pier in Monterey, California March 17, 2015. Animal rescue centers in California are being inundated with stranded, starving sea lion pups, raising the possibility that the facilities could soon be overwhelmed, the federal agency coordinating the rescue said. Photo credit: Reuters/Michael […]

Do nano-sunscreens harm sea life?

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Originally Published by EarthSkyImage via Researchers in China and California have released a new study further suggesting the possibility that nanoparticles in sunscreens are not healthy for creatures that live in the water. Their study focuses on sea urchin embryos and shows that nanomaterials in sunscreen and on boat-bottom paints make these sea animals […]

Seafloor sensors record possible eruption of underwater volcano

Originally Published by Earth & Climate News — ScienceDailyIf a volcano erupts at the bottom of the sea, does anybody see it? If that volcano is Axial Seamount, about 300 miles offshore and 1 mile deep, the answer is now: yes.

Invasive lionfish discovered in Brazil

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Originally Published by Nature News and CommentLionfish have overwhelmed ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean over the past three decades, eating or out-competing native species in what has been called the worst marine invasion ever. Now the fish seem to have extended their range to South America.

This Year, Earth Day Is All About the Oceans

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Originally Published by Take PartAs Earth Day approaches, TakePart is taking to the oceans in a weeklong series of stories, videos, and infographics that offer an in-depth look at the daunting challenges facing the planet’s life-support system. Quite bluntly, the world’s oceans are at a tipping point. Acidification due to climate change is destroying coral reefs, crucial habitat […]

Winter Blooms in the Arabian Sea

Originally Published by NASA Earth ObservatoryWaters of the Arabian Sea are witnessing a sea change in the composition of its tiny inhabitants.

Warm Water and Strange Weather May Be Connected

Originally Published by NASA Earth ObservatoryTemperature anomalies in the eastern Pacific Ocean are both influencing and being influenced by unusual weather patterns. The effects are rippling through the marine environment.

BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill five years on – in pictures

Originally Published by Environment | The GuardianThe massive 2010 oil spill continues to affect the gulf coast of Louisiana, where the health and livelihood of small fishers and oystermen have wanedLouisiana five years after BP spill: ‘It’s not going back to normal no time soon’ Continue reading…

‘Lost’ turtles don’t go with flow

Originally Published by BBC News – Science & EnvironmentA new tracking study shows that young sea turtles make a concerted effort to swim in particular directions, instead of drifting with ocean currents.