Breaking Waves: Ocean News

04/24/2019 - 23:01
Pristine forests are vital for climate and wildlife but trend of losses is rising, data shows Millions of hectares of pristine tropical rainforest were destroyed in 2018, according to satellite analysis, with beef, chocolate and palm oil among the main causes. The forests store huge amounts of carbon and are teeming with wildlife, making their protection critical to stopping runaway climate change and halting a sixth mass extinction. But deforestation is still on an upward trend, the researchers said. Although 2018 losses were lower than in 2016 and 2017, when dry conditions led to large fires, last year was the next worst since 2002, when such records began. Continue reading...
04/24/2019 - 19:25
Early melting of winter snow is driving the early arrival of spring in parts of the Arctic.
04/24/2019 - 19:25
Researchers studying hi-res satellite imagery have discovered that emperor penguins at the Halley Bay colony in the Weddell Sea have failed to raise chicks for the last three years.
04/24/2019 - 14:36
Densities of endangered green turtles are increasing in Pacific coral reefs, according to the first comprehensive in-water survey of turtle populations in the Pacific.
04/24/2019 - 14:36
Global warming has caused twice as many ocean-dwelling species as land-dwelling species to disappear from their habitats, a unique study found. The greater vulnerability of sea creatures may significantly impact human communities that rely on fish and shellfish for food and economic activity, according to the study.
04/24/2019 - 14:35
Up to about 19% more carbon dioxide than previously believed is removed naturally and stored underground between coastal trenches and inland chains of volcanoes, keeping the greenhouse gas from entering the atmosphere, according to a new study.
04/24/2019 - 11:51
The central Salish Sea of the Pacific Northwest is bounded by two active fault zones that could trigger rockfalls and slumps of sediment that might lead to tsunamis.
04/24/2019 - 11:50
Advanced molecular techniques have revealed the diversity of a little-understood group of ocean microbes called protists, according to a new publication. The project analyzed samples collected by the global Tara Oceans expedition, documenting genomes that will help researchers identify protists throughout the ocean.
04/24/2019 - 11:13
Ocean Leadership ~ The Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association is proud to host the National Marine Educators Association Annual Conference, July 21-25, 2019 at the University of New Hampshire campus in Durham, NH. Our mission is to make known the world of water both fresh and salt, and our annual conference brings together formal and informal marine educators from around the world to promote awareness and education of the global marine environment. The conference draws 300-500 professionals from K-12 schools, public aquariums, non-profit NGOs, and government agencies together for four days of learning, sharing, and networking. Bring your family and get back to nature! There are several family-friendly conference events and field trips, and SO MUCH to explore in New Hampshire and Maine! Hope to see you there! https://www.marine-ed.org/page/nmea2019 The post National Marine Educators Association Annual Conference, University of New Hampshire (Jul. 21-25) appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
04/24/2019 - 10:42
Inventor crowdfunds to produce reviver sachets after prototype success If you’ve ever felt a pang of pity for a starving bee struggling on the pavement in front of you, then help may soon be at hand. Or more precisely, in your wallet. A community development worker has invented a credit card-style reviver for bees containing three sachets of sugar solution, which can be placed beside the insect to feed it. Continue reading...