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Posted on November 14, 2018 - 1:47pm, by raye

Scientists acknowledge key errors in study of how fast the oceans are warming

A recent Nature study found that the ocean absorbed 60% more heat per year than previously believed. In recent post-review, inaccuracies were discovered within the margin of error causing the percentage of heat in the ocean to be higher. (via The Washington Post)

This fish could help corals recover rather than collapse

Studies by Jonathan Pruitt of UCSB on the coral reef dwelling Dusky Farmerfish colonies look at the relationship between the Farmerfish and Coral. The studies find that as waters warm the Dusky Farmerfish become more aggressive and their populations increase, helping to keep coral safe from predators. (via Anthropocene)

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Posted on November 5, 2018 - 10:35am, by raye

Suspending whale-watching tours, breaching dams recommended to save orcas

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee's Southern Resident Killer Whale Task Force has compiled a list of thirty-six recommendations to strengthen the future outlook for this threatened population. These goals will focus on increasing numbers of chinook salmon, decreasing water contamination, and lessening vessel noise. (via KOMO News)

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Posted on October 29, 2018 - 12:54pm, by raye

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)

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Posted on October 23, 2018 - 9:52am, by raye

A 14-year-long oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico verges on becoming one of the worst in U.S. history

In another case of “are you serious, how has this been happening??” Taylor Energy, an oil company,  is reported to have failed in informing both the public and government officials about a consistent oil spill, and has since being found continuing to lie as to the amount of oil being dispersed. This comes at the same time that President Trump approves a controversial plan for oil drilling along Alaskan federal waters, hiring a somewhat less than reputable oil company. (via Washington Post)

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Posted on October 15, 2018 - 3:56pm, by raye

Dornoch Firth: Extinct oyster reefs restoration starts

The endangered European oyster is trying to make its way home. This is not the doing of researchers or scientists, but was kick started by the Glenmorangie Distillery which sits above the Dornoch Firth. Dornoch Firth historically was home to a large European oyster reef that has since been farmed away. The owners of Glenmorangie Distillery hope to replant this reef to use as a natural filter that will help to clear any discharge created through the distilling process. (via bbc)

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Posted on October 9, 2018 - 9:36am, by raye

Oysters On The Half Shell Are Actually Saving New York's Eroding Harbor

For a place like New York City having a storm surge barrier is incredibly important. That is why local NYC teacher, Pete Malinowski, started the “Billion Oyster Project” in 2008. Oysters act as a natural stormbreaker and could help protect the city from major storm events. Bringing in government officials, restaurants, local volunteers and now including over 80 different middle and high schools in the city area, the project has so far planted over 28 million oysters, well on their way to the billion oyster mark. (via NPR)

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Posted on October 1, 2018 - 12:45pm, by raye

Climate scientists are struggling to find the right words for very bad news

The IPCC, otherwise known as the intergovernmental panel on climate change, duties include informing governments on climate change statistics and introducing global plans to limit more dire results. Their main concern, currently, is atmospheric warming. The panel goal is to contain warming to at most 1.5 degrees Celsius or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit. The outlook for reaching this goal is slim. The planet has already warmed 1 degree Celsius, leaving only .5 degrees left of this goal. In the newest report by the IPCC, the council pushes for change through the “Talanoa Dialogue,” where the countries under the Paris agreement now must discuss where and how they veered from their original goals in 2015 and how they must act now to ensure the 1.5 degree goal is reached. (via The Washington Post)

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Posted on September 24, 2018 - 12:41pm, by raye

How reliable are turtles for measuring ocean trash and marine health?

Sea turtles are widespread through the ocean. They are one of the most photographed, as well, when it comes to marine debris and plastic pollution. With snouts closed shut with plastic can holders, and stomachs full of debris, it seems that turtles and marine plastics almost go hand and hand. The question is how well could scientists use turtles as an indicator for ocean health? (via phys.org)

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Posted on September 18, 2018 - 9:11am, by raye

New Genetic Research Shows the Legacy of Fish Farm Escapees

New tests have discovered interbreeding between escaped farm salmon and native salmon stocks in Newfoundland due to the 2013 Cooke Aquaculture pen collapse in that area. This was not the first, nor the last of pen collapses for Cooke Aquaculture. During the summer of 2017, where over 260,000 farmed salmon escaped into Puget Sound, Cooke stated that survival of the escaped fish was low and interbreeding was impossible. The same statements were given in 2013. Obviously those fish did survive and found a way to flourish. (via Hakai Magazine)

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