A marine stinger warning sign is seen at a beach in Townsville in far-north Queensland. Experts warn venomous irukandji jellyfish are drifting south. Photograph: Dave Hunt/AAP Expert warns Queensland’s tourism industry could face future collapse after stinger found at Fraser Island and a boy stung on sunshine coast
January 10, 2018 — Deadly irukandji jellyfish are drifting further south along Queensland’s coastline and could eventually put tourism as far south as the Gold Coast at risk, an expert has warned.
Continue reading Deadly irukandji jellyfish ‘drifting south towards Gold Coast’ as sea temperatures rise A fisherman on a beach in Temuco, Chile that is blanketed with dead sardines, a result of algal blooms that suck oxygen out of the water. Photograph: Felix Marquez/AP Areas starved of oxygen in open ocean and by coasts have soared in recent decades, risking dire consequences for marine life and humanity
January 4, 2018 — Ocean dead zones with zero oxygen have quadrupled in size since 1950, scientists have warned, while the number of very low oxygen sites near coasts have multiplied tenfold.
Continue reading Oceans suffocating as huge dead zones quadruple since 1950, scientists warn The leatherback turtle is the largest turtle on the planet. David Attenborough travels to Trinidad to meet a community trying to save these giants. Photograph: Gavin Thurston Blue Planet 2 producers say final episode lays bare shocking damage humanity is wreaking in the seas, from climate change to plastic pollution to noise
December 5, 2017 — The world’s oceans are under the greatest threat in history, according to Sir David Attenborough. The seas are a vital part of the global ecosystem, leaving the future of all life on Earth dependent on humanity’s actions, he says.
Continue reading Oceans under greatest threat in history, warns Sir David Attenborough Ubsunur Hollow Biosphere Reserve, on the border between Mongolia and Tyva, is one of the last remnants of the mammoth steppe, Earth’s most extensive biome during the Last Glacial Maximum. Last summer, scientists met to discuss changes in ocean circulation between this glacial maximum period and the present time and how these changes are related to changes in the climate and carbon cycling. Credit: Alexander Leshcheonok, CC BY-SA 4.0 Past Global Changes (PAGES) OC3 Working Group second workshop on Ocean Circulation and Carbon Cycling during Last Deglaciation: Regional Synthesis of Carbon Isotopes Data; Corvallis, Oregon, 27–29 June 2017
December 3, 2017 — Scientists still don’t fully understand the climatic transition that took place on Earth between the Last Glacial Maximum and recent times. Even though carbon cycling and the associated rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) during this
Continue reading Ocean Circulation, Carbon Cycling During the Last Deglaciation Humpback whales are among the species found in the Revillagigedo archipelago. Photograph: Ullstein Bild/Getty Images Fishing, mining and new hotels will be prohibited in the ‘biologically spectacular’ Revillagigedo archipelago
November 26, 2017 — Mexico’s government has created the largest ocean reserve in North America around a Pacific archipelago regarded as its crown jewel.
Continue reading Mexico creates vast new ocean reserve to protect ‘Galapagos of North America’ Jellyfish. Photograph: Dr. Edward Hammill A new study shows that the biological effects of two ecosystem changes can be greater than their individual impacts
November 3, 2017 —What do Jellyfish teach us about climate change?
A lot. At least that’s what I learned after reading a very recent paper out in the journal Global Climate Change. The article, “Ocean acidification alters zooplankton communities and increases top-
Continue reading What do Jellyfish teach us about climate change Microplastics used in wastewater plants could be contributing to the problem of plastic pollution in oceans, according to the report. Photograph: Sandy Young/Alamy Stock Photo The plastic beads used for filtering sewage are hard to spot and pose a risk to wildlife, according to a new report
October 11, 2017 — Sewage plants are contributing to plastic pollution in the oceans with millions of tiny beads spilling into the seas around the UK, according to a new report.
Continue reading Sewage plants are leaking millions of tiny plastic beads into Britain’s seas DEADLY BEAUTY. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever recorded, at peak intensity and approaching the Philippines on November 7, 2013. Image courtesy NASA A tropical cyclone is one of the Earth’s strongest forces, a combination of strong, howling winds and heavy precipitation. How do these forces of nature form?
MANILA, Philippines (Sept. 28, 2017) — A tropical cyclone – whether called a typhoon, a cyclone, or a hurricane – is one of the most destructive disasters known to man.
Continue reading EXPLAINER: How tropical cyclones form David Suzuki has implored Australia to ‘wake up’ and face the interconnected issues of climate change and ocean health. Photograph: Scott Oates Conservationist and 1,461 other scientists release statement describing Australia’s oceans as a ‘global asset’ that must be protected
September 26, 2017 — Growing global momentum to protect the world’s oceans from overfishing could be undermined by Australia, warns renowned conservationist David Suzuki and more than 1,461 other scientists.
Continue reading Australia’s ‘sickening’ threat to marine reserves undermines global protection Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP Our new paper illustrates the rapid, consistent warming of Earth’s oceans
September 21, 2017 — We’ve known for decades that the Earth is warming, but a key question is, how fast? Another key question is whether the warming is primarily caused by human activities. If we
Continue reading It takes just 4 years to detect human warming of the oceans