marine life

common kelp (pictured) has taken over from the giant kelp forests that used to dominate tasmania’s coastline

Australia’s marine heatwaves provide a glimpse of the new ecological order

For the second year in a row, a stubborn high-pressure system over the Tasman Sea was warming the surface of the ocean to above-average temperatures, forming a marine heatwave, wreaking destruction and providing a glimpse of the new ecological order in the marine Anthropocene. Globally marine heatwaves are becoming more frequent and prolonged and affecting biodiversity, according to new research published in Nature Climate Change this week.

a sign warns bathers of the extreme heat on bondi beach, in sydney

‘It’s like hell here’: Australia bakes as record temperatures nudge 50°C

Fears rise for homeless and vulnerable people as communities brace for another week of relentless hot weather — It was 48.9°C last Tuesday in Port Augusta, South Australia, an old harbour city that now harvests solar power. Michelle Coles, the owner of the local cinema, took off her shoes at night to test the concrete …

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dead fish

Rising CO2 levels in the ocean could benefit toxic algae, study says

Rising levels of CO2 in the ocean could spark blooms of toxic algae capable of causing harm to marine life and human health, a new study suggests — Experimental evidence collected by researchers in the Canary Islands finds that one species of toxic algae, Vicicitus globosus, can become dominant in marine ecosystems that have experienced …

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local authorities in placencia, belize, have concentrated on removing the daily accumulation of sargassum seaweed

Caribbean swamped by seaweed that smells like rotten eggs

From Belize to Barbados, tourist beaches have been swamped by huge tides of foul-smelling sargassum – and climate change could make the problem worse — “It was like something out of a science fiction movie,” says Barbara Hall from the office of the beachside hotel she runs in Placencia, southern Belize. “I woke up at …

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bleached coral in guam in 2017

There’s one key takeaway from last week’s IPCC report

Cut carbon pollution as much as possible, as fast as possible — The Paris climate agreement set a target of no more than 2°C global warming above pre-industrial temperatures, but also an aspirational target of no more than 1.5°C. That’s because many participating countries – especially island nations particularly vulnerable to sea level rise – …

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japan allows itself to hunt whales under a “scientific” programme

Japan killed 50 whales in Antarctic protected area, data shows

The disclosure of the cull, conducted under a legal loophole, comes as Japan seeks to further weaken a global ban on commercial hunts — Japanese whalers have killed more than 50 minke whales in an Antarctic marine protection area this year, WWF has revealed. The disclosure comes on the opening day of the International Whaling …

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fishermen in general santos port, known as the country’s tuna capital

‘They are taking out a generation of tuna’: overfishing causes crisis in Philippines

Men like Raul Gomez have been catching tuna for 40 years, but as fisheries in the region edge closer to collapse, he spends longer at sea to catch ever smaller tuna — Raul Gomez is an old man who fishes with five crew on a clipper in the seas known as the coral triangle, and …

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a scooter with a 360 degree camera set up in manado, indonesia

AI identifies heat-resistant coral reefs in Indonesia

Coral Triangle could be key to conserving the world’s reefs as Indonesia corals survive worst coral bleaching event in history — A recent scientific survey off the coast of Sulawesi Island in Indonesia suggests that some shallow water corals may be less vulnerable to global warming than previously thought. Between 2014 and 2017, the world’s …

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australia’s great barrier reef

Coral reefs ‘will be overwhelmed by rising oceans’

Study finds fragile marine ecosystems cannot grow fast enough to keep pace with sea levels — Scientists have uncovered a new threat to the world’s endangered coral reefs. They have found that most are incapable of growing quickly enough to compensate for rising sea levels triggered by global warming. The study suggests that reefs – …

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