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Global Climate Impacts Intensify as Arctic Ocean Ice Retreats

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Global Climate Impacts Intensify as Arctic Ocean Ice Retreats

Source: Yale Environment 360/Peter Wadhams - September 27, 2016

The news last week that summer ice covering the Arctic Ocean was tied for the second-lowest extent on record is a sobering reminder that the planet is more…

World’s Coffee Supply Threatened by Climate Change

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World’s Coffee Supply Threatened by Climate Change

Source: The New York Times/Jonah Engel Bromwich - September 26, 2016

A report examining the many ways climate change threatens coffee and coffee farmers has alarmed people who are now imagining what it would be like getting through more…

Blob Returns to the North Pacific

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Blob Returns to the North Pacific

Source: The Weather Channel/Jonathan Belles - September 23, 2016

The warm pool of water in the northern Pacific that is known as 'The Blob' is back, and it could change the weather on the more…

Red Sea Sharks Are Vanishing as Fishing Laws Go Unenforced

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Red Sea Sharks Are Vanishing as Fishing Laws Go Unenforced

Source: Smithsonian Magazine/Joshua Rapp Learn - September 22, 2016

As the first known person to dive into several coral systems in the Red Sea, Julia Spaet expected to encounter some surprises. Over several years, more…

Demand for Totoaba Bladders in China Is Driving the Species to Extinction

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Demand for Totoaba Bladders in China Is Driving the Species to Extinction

Source: Independent/Lucy Pasha-Robinson - September 21, 2016

China’s illegal trade in the rare totoaba fish bladder is driving an endangered species of vaquita fish to the brink of extinction, according to a new report.
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Heatwaves in the Ocean Represent a Risk to the Marine Ecosystem

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Heatwaves in the Ocean Represent a Risk to the Marine Ecosystem

Source: Phys.org/Dr. Thomas Frolicker and Eth Zürich - September 20, 2016

Marine ecosystems are responsible for about half of global annual primary production and more than one billion people rely on fish as their primary protein more…

Could Antarctica Be Forming Massive White Cliffs Beneath the Southern Ocean?

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Could Antarctica Be Forming Massive White Cliffs Beneath the Southern Ocean?

Source: LiveScience/Tia Ghose - September 19, 2016

The White Cliffs of Dover, the steep, chalky cliffs that fringe England's southeastern coastline, formed about 100 million years ago thanks to a "Goldilocks" set more…

The Future of Sustainable Seafood

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The Future of Sustainable Seafood

Source: UPI/Brooks Hays - September 16, 2016

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., (UPI) -- What does the future of sustainable seafood look like? That's what scientists at the University of California are asking themselves as more…

The Sixth Extinction in the Ocean Will Start With the Largest Species

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The Sixth Extinction in the Ocean Will Start With the Largest Species

Source: The Washington Post/Chris Mooney - September 15, 2016

We mostly can’t see it around us, and too few of us seem to care — but nonetheless, scientists are increasingly convinced that the world more…

Most of the Earth’s Excess Heat Is Going Into the Ocean

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Most of the Earth’s Excess Heat Is Going Into the Ocean

Source: The New York Times/Tim Wallace - September 14, 2016

Ocean temperatures have been consistently rising for at least three decades. Scientists believe that global sea surface temperatures will continue to increase over the next more…

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