Startling new research finds large buildup of heat in the oceans, suggesting a faster rate of global warming
The ocean is discovered to yearly intake 60% more heat than previously known. In previous news, the IPCC warned that the earth can only warm 1.5 degrees celsius more before serious damage occurs. Having already warmed 1 degree celsius, the ability to keep our warming to less than .5 is going to be even more difficult. If these results can be retested and are found to be reliable, it would mean that much greater action is needed to help our planet (via The Washington Post)
Humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970, report finds
The hardest hit populations are in freshwater ecosystems, mainly due to habitat loss. Habitat loss is the greatest factor for population destruction with another leading cause being chemical pollution. Scientists are arguing that humans are causing the next mass extinction of life on our planet. (via The Guardian)
Amid lack of enforcement, fishermen take the fight to blast fishing
How to get people to stop harmful and dangerous but lucrative practices. Some words of advice from this article are to empower local leaders to take up action and to supply fishers with work that is equal or greater to the amount they lost through giving up blast fishing. (via Mongabay)
What brought more than 1,000 octopuses to nurse their eggs in Monterey Bay?
Researcher, educators, and octopus lovers alike are in awe of the largest recorded octopus nursery. Some researchers theorize that the cracks on which the octopuses protect their eggs release fluids that help clean the eggs, heat them, or supply them with steady oxygen. That part, is still a mystery. We will have to wait and see what this area looks like once the young decide to hatch! (via The LA Times)