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Huge Antarctic ice-shelf breakaway predicted, but “not climate related”

BBC News reports, 6th January 2017: An iceberg expected to be one of the 10 largest ever recorded is ready to break away from Antarctica, scientists say. A long-running rift in the Larsen C ice shelf grew suddenly in December and now just 20km of ice keeping the 5,000 sq km piece from floating away. […]

Sea levels have risen more than earlier thought, says NASA report

Alphr.com reports, 2nd November 2016: Previous estimates were that global sea levels rose by around 5.5in [14cm] over the 20th century, but researchers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of Hawaii at Manoa now believe that is “highly unlikely,” and the true figure is closer to 6.7in [17cm]. By applying established sea-level estimates […]

IUCN reports that oceans are disguising the full extent of global warming

With regard to the effect that global warming is having on the oceans and the planet, newsdeeply.com reports on evidence presented to the IUCN (international Union for the Conservation of Nature) World Conservation Congress, 8th September 2016. The report, released during the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii, highlights the impacts of ocean warming on […]

Shell and BP remain committed to deep-sea wells

We provide extracts from two news reports which show that the two largest British oil and gas companies, Shell and British Petroleum, remain committed to a future which involves extraction of oil and gas from deep-sea wells. The Guardian reports, 11th September 2016: Royal Dutch Shell has started production at the world’s deepest underwater oil […]

IUCN : Ocean surface waters warming by 0.1°C per decade

Bill McKibben writes in The Guardian, 7th September 2016: So, just as a refresher, it’s always good to remember that we live on an ocean planet. Most of the Earth’s surface is salt water, studded with the large islands we call continents. It’s worth recalling this small fact — which can slip our minds, since […]

Arctic sea ice declining by 13% per decade

The Guardian reports, 18th August 2016: Ice scientists are mostly cheerful and pragmatic. Like many other researchers coolly observing the rapid warming of the world, they share a gallows humour and are cautious about entering the political fray. Not Peter Wadhams. The former director of the Scott Polar Research Institute and professor of ocean physics […]

Microbes on ocean seafloor play a role in climate change

The Guardian reports, 6th May 2016 : Microbes are hardly the poster-children of climate change, but they have far more impact than polar bears on Earth’s carbon cycle — and therefore on our climate. A new study published in Science Advances finds that seabed bacteria and archaea (which look like bacteria but have very different genetics […]

Great Barrier Reef bleaching severest in its northern coral reefs

The Washington Post reports, 20th April 2016: The conclusions are in from a series of scientific surveys of the Great Barrier Reef bleaching event — an environmental assault on the largest coral ecosystem on Earth — and scientists aren’t holding back about how devastating they find them. Australia’s National Coral Bleaching Task Force has surveyed […]

A collapse in Antarctic ice sheets could raise sea levels by 2 metres by 2100

The Guardian reports, 30th March 2016: Sea levels could rise far more rapidly than expected in coming decades, according to new research that reveals Antarctica’s vast ice cap is less stable than previously thought. The UN’s climate science body had predicted up to a metre of sea level rise this century — but it did […]

Arctic 2016 winter temperature is breaking records

The Washington Post, 18th February 2016, reports: New data from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration suggest that January of 2016 was, for the globe, a truly extraordinary month. Coming off the hottest year ever recorded (2015), January saw the greatest departure from average of any month on record, according to data provided […]

Canadian NW Passage open to navigation in summer months

The Guardian reports, 12th February 2016: For centuries, explorers have sought to navigate the Northwest Passage — a shortcut from Europe to Asia that wouldn’t require sailing around the southern extremes of Africa or South America. For much of that time, the idea was something between a flight of fancy and a dangerously unapproachable challenge. […]

Fish sensory abilities affected by increased CO2 levels in the oceans

The Sydney Morning Herald, 21st January 2016, reports: Ocean fish around the world risk becoming lost at sea if carbon dioxide concentrations in seawater continue to rise on current trajectories, a study from the University of New South Wales, Australia, has found. The study, published in the journal Nature, is the first global analysis of […]

Oceans are the “sink” that is taking the brunt of global warming, say researchers

The Guardian reports, 18th January 2016: Ocean water has absorbed more than 90% of the excess heat and nearly 30% of the carbon dioxide generated by human consumption of fossil fuels. The world’s oceans are warming at a quickening rate, with the past 20 years accounting for half of the increase in ocean heat content […]

NOAA reports that Arctic is warming at 2°F above average

Oceannews.com reports, 16th December 2015: A new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) sponsored report shows that air temperature in 2015 across the Arctic was well above average with temperature anomalies over land more than 2 degrees Fahrenheit above average, the highest since records began in 1900. Increasing air and sea surface temperatures, decreasing sea […]

Great Barrier Reef is expected to undergo a new “bleaching event”, say scientists

ABC News, Australia, reports 19th December 2015: Marine biologists studying the Great Barrier Reef are preparing for widespread coral bleaching early next year with an El Nino weather event predicted to turn many of the animals white. Earlier this year, scientists predicted that the world’s third mass coral bleaching will happen in early 2016 and […]

Climate talks: What difference will temperature rise make to the oceans?

The Guardian, based on IPCC and Met Office data, reports 4th December 2015: Negotiators in Paris are trying to craft a deal at the UN climate talks that will keep global temperature rise below 2°C. But what does that mean in reality — and what difference will a couple of extra degrees really make? 1°C […]

Sea bird populations on St Kilda are being profoundly affected by climate change

The Guardian reports, 4th December 2015: The survival of seabirds including puffins and kittiwakes on St Kilda — the island archipelago home to one of the world’s most important seabird populations — is being threatened by climate change, striking new evidence shows. Naturalists have discovered that the kittiwake, a small migratory gull with ink-black wing […]

Global average temperature the highest on record, with 90% being absorbed by the oceans

The Ecologist reports, 28th November 2015: As climate negotiators gather in Paris for the Conference of the Parties (COP21), the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) says that a combination of human and natural causes will make 2015 temperatures the hottest ever — half way to the 2°C ‘safety threshold’, with ocean surface temperatures at the highest […]

NEF launch economic action plan to regenerate coastal communities

New Economics Foundation (NEF) News Release, 22nd September 2015: UK seas already support over 750,000 jobs in coastal areas. Yet these communities are often some of the most deprived. Could healthier and more productive seas help provide for more and better jobs in the future? Coastal communities tend to fare worse than other UK regions […]

Double edged sword as Southern Ocean “regains” its capacity to absorb atmospheric CO2

The Guardian reports, 11th September 2015: The Southern Ocean has started to absorb more greenhouse gases after a period when the vast ocean’s uptake had slumped by about a half, a study has found. The ocean’s role as a crucial carbon “sink” appeared to be waning throughout the 1990s, but after 2002 it began to […]

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