Via The Guardian
"Overfishing and climate change are pushing some of the world’s most iconic seabirds to the brink of extinction, according to a new report. The study reveals that kittiwakes and gannets are among a number of seabirds that have now joined the red list of under-threat birds drawn up by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)."
"Any day now, President Trump’s Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke, is going to propose a new draft program that will tell us which U.S. coasts are on the chopping block—to be opened up for the oil industry. At risk are the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and the Gulf of Mexico."
"The 44-member Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) represents some of the world’s most vulnerable island nations fighting a virtually losing battle against rising sea levels triggered by global warming and climate change."
Via Hakai Magazine
"Imagine sitting in a pool of water that seesaws between too hot and too cold and being unable to control your body temperature. Now substitute temperature with acidity. Congratulations, you’re a mussel—and you’re stressed out."
Via Ars Technica
"Tuesday evening, Columbia University's Earth Institute hosted a panel that was meant to focus on an issue we're likely to be facing with increasing frequency: the need to move entire communities that are no longer viable due to rising seas or altered weather. But the discussion ended up shifting to how people in at-risk locations aren't moving, and the entire governmental structure in the US is focused on keeping them right where they are."
"The Hawaii state Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR), an arm of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, finalized data last Wednesday on 20 research sites throughout West Hawaii. The findings showed an average relative loss of coral cover of approximately 7 percent across the region, with absolute coral cover loss ranging between 1-5 percent at specific locations."
"The barrier islands stretch some 200 miles from southern Virginia to halfway down North Carolina's coast. They are, essentially, a string of shifting sandbars. For thousands of years, winds and waves have been washing sand off beaches and onto the islands, eating away at the shore on one side while building it up on the other. The problem comes when a house or a road gets in the way."
"Sea-level rise this century may threaten Jamestown in Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas; the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, which launches all of NASA’s human spaceflight missions; and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in North Carolina, the tallest brick lighthouse in the United States, a new study finds."