Climate Change Threatens the World’s Marine Protected Areas

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For the week of 09 July 2018

Join us Monday, July 23, 2018 at 2pm EDT / 11am PDT / 6pm UTC for a webinar on Climate Change Threatens the World’s Marine Protected Areas by John Bruno of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

MPAs and the species they protect are increasingly being impacted by climate change. Although MPAs are widely promoted as a means to mitigate the effects of climate change, the opposite perspective is more in line with the scientific reality: without drastic reductions in carbon emissions, ocean warming, acidification and oxygen depletion will disrupt the composition and functioning of the ecosystems currently protected within the world’s MPAs. The community- and ecosystem-level impacts of climate change threaten to negate decades of progress in conservation and further imperil species and ecosystems that are already in jeopardy.  

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Orcas of the Pacific Northwest Are Starving and Disappearing

It is still unknown why the resident orca pods within the Salish Sea are dying. There are many possible theories, ranging from: pollutants from nearby cities to increase in marine traffic. A leading thought is the deaths are driven by loss of the orca's main food source, the Chinook Salmon. The Chinook or King Salmon is the largest salmon found in the Salish Sea and similarly to the resident orcas, is endangered. (Via The New York Times)

How Rats Remake Coral Reefs

It all comes down to poop...or the lack of it. (via The Atlantic)

Krill fishing firms back Antarctic ocean sanctuary

85% of the largest krill fishing industries are putting a "voluntarily permanent stop" to fishing within certain areas of the Antarctic. The protection of krill is critical as they are a main food source for many Antarctic species and also aid in removing carbon from our atmosphere. (via The Guardian)

The Hunt for Earth’s Deep Hidden Oceans

Geologists may now believe that below us sits not just rocks, but water rocks. Minerals found deep within the earth are discovered to be made of carbon and oxygen, and when melted turn into water. (via Quanta Magazine).  


21 new Literature items and 1 other News item this week

  • Conservation Biology has published Using perceptions as evidence to improve conservation and environmental management (
  • Palgrave Communications has released An introduction to achieving policy impact for early career researchers (
  • Current Climate Change Reports has published Societal Impacts of a Rapidly Changing Arctic (
  • Call for White Papers to Plan a 2019-2020 North Atlantic Ocean Exploration Campaign (

1 new Podcast and 1 new Conference this week

11 new Jobs and 1 new Grant this week