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  • Ocean acidification causes substantial damage to ocean ecosystems

    According to the study, seas and oceans absorb approximately one quarter of the carbon dioxide emitted to the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation, and other human activities. As more and more carbon dioxide (CO2) has been emitted into the atmosphere, the oceans have absorbed greater amounts at increasingly rapid rates. Without this level of absorption by the oceans, ...


  • Ocean climate center unveiled

    NOAA's Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary has opened its new Ocean Climate Center at its headquarters in San Francisco. The Ocean Climate Center will serve as an ocean and climate change communication centre for the Bay Area and facilitate the exchange of technical, scientific, policy and education information and ideas. The Center will bring together a diversity of ...


  • Vacuuming plastics from the oceans

    As marketers increasingly look to brand their companies as "green" to win a larger share of consumers" greenbacks, the vacuum maker Electrolux"s green marketing campaign offers stark contrast to BP"s "greenwashing." The embattled oil company changed its logo into a green-and-yellow sunflower and its slogan to "beyond petroleum" - then pumped millions of gallons of oil per day directly into the ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Tasmanian scientists expand their view of the ocean

    The technology is being provided through the new Tasmanian science node of the Australian Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) which is being launched today at CSIRO in Hobart. “The ocean waters and habitats surrounding Tasmania are important to the state’s economic wellbeing, yet are poorly understood,” IMOS Director, Tim Moltmann, said. “This complex environment has ...

  • New source of ocean methane discovered

    Scientists searching for an explanation for high levels of the potent greenhouse gas methane in the oceans have discovered a new means of production, which could explain the source of previously unaccounted for methane. The discovery has great significance for understanding the ocean's role in global warming. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that has contributed approximately 20 per cent to the ...

  • Predicting the future of oceans - UBC and Nippon Foundation partnership

    University of British Columbia researchers have launched a $13-million, nine-year research program with Japan's Nippon Foundation (NF) to study the future of the world's oceans and to monitor the impact of human activities on seafood resources. With support from the Foundation's Marine Affairs Department, the NF-UBC Nereus - Predicting the Future Ocean program at the UBC Fisheries Centre will ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Europe collaborates to coordinate open ocean observatories

    European scientists are joining forces to better understand oceanic change, by coordinating ocean data acquisition, analysis and response on scales ranging from the provincial to the global. Marking a major milestone, the first Assembly of Members meeting of the European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water-column Observatory (EMSO) will be held September 28-29th in Rome, Italy. Dr Henry Ruhl of ...

  • Arctic Ocean Ice Thinner By Half in Six Years

    BREMERHAVEN, Germany, September 14, 2007 (ENS) - Large areas of Arctic sea ice are only one meter thick this year, about 50 percent thinner than they were in the year 2001, according to measurements taken by 50 scientists on board the research ship Polarstern. The international team is conducting research on sea ice in the central Arctic Basin.'The ice cover in the North Polar Sea is ...

  • Onset Announces Deep Ocean Temperature Data Logger

    Onset Computer Corporation (http://www.onsetcomp.com), the world leader in data loggers, today announced the HOBO U12 Deep Ocean Temp logger, a new data logger for tracking ocean ...


    By Onset Computer Corporation

  • New Data Shows What Trash is in Ocean and Waterways

    With the recent news of possible Japan tsunami debris spotted off the Canadian coast, Ocean Conservancy is releasing new data on the larger issue of marine debris.  New numbers detail ocean trash found along coasts and waterways worldwide during the 2011 International Coastal Cleanup—the largest ...


    By Ocean Conservancy

  • Ocean acidification and GHGs hit record levels

    The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) reports that the amounts of atmospheric greenhouse gases reached a new high in 2013, driven by rapidly rising levels of carbon dioxide. The news is consistent with trends in fossil fuel consumption. But what comes as more of a surprise is the WMO’s revelation that the current rate of ocean acidification, which greenhouse gases (GHGs) help to ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Impacts of global warming will impoverish oceans – New Report

    Ocean ecosystems and fisheries could be at risk of collapse under the combined assault of global warming and increasingly acid seas. This bleak image of impoverished and increasingly hostile oceans emerges not from any one new study of human impact on the 70 per cent of the ...


    By Climate News Network

  • First world ocean review available in English

    Following its major impact in German-speaking countries, the World Ocean Review (WOR) is now available in English. WOR's declared aim is to mobilise science in order to create an understanding of the state of the world's oceans, thus generating awareness of ocean concerns among the international public. Our oceans are changing: ...


  • Commission aims to draw attention to deteriorating oceans

    The Global Ocean Commission, a new independent body of politicians, businessmen, development experts and scientists, will meet for the first time next month, in Cape Town, South Africa, to start work on proposing the sustainable use of the oceans' natural resources. The commission will analyse the major threats to the ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • IFCB in new Long-Term Ecological Research Site

    Imaging FlowCytobot samplers (IFCBs) manufactured by McLane will be installed in a new Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) site off the Northeast coast of the United States. LTER programs focus attention on specific sites representing major ecosystem types, and undertake long-term assessments of populations, communities, and the physical environment. ...

  • Prince Albert II of Monaco Joins the Global Ocean Commission and UNEP in Calling for Comprehensive Ocean Governance

    With the fate of the Earth's marine environment hanging in the balance and human-induced challenges accelerating, ocean champions from around the globe - including His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco and the former Heads of State, Ministers and business leaders of the Global Ocean Commission - have joined forces in a clarion call for comprehensive and integrated ocean governance. The ...

  • Postdoctoral Fellow - Marine protistan ecology and evolution

    This position has a duration of one year, with a possible extension depending on job performance and funding. Microbes play fundamental roles in all ocean ecology. Our primary focus is on eukaryotic phytoplankton, and variations in the communities of bacteria, archaea and heterotrophic eukaryotes, as well as viruses, that accompany different phytoplankton taxa. To investigate these complex ...

  • IAEA scientists investigate Arctic Ocean for clues of climate change

    Scientists from the IAEA Marine Environment Laboratories (MEL) in Monaco are reaching the end of their involvement in a month-long sampling effort aboard a Canadian research icebreaking vessel, studying the effects of climate change on the Arctic environment. The Malina project as it´s called, involves 66 individuals from 18 laboratories in four countries. This includes five scientists from the ...

  • NRDC’s Karen Garrison to receive highest award for ocean conservation

    Karen Garrison, oceans champion and co-director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Ocean Program, will be recognized today as a 2013 “Hero of the Seas” by the prestigious Peter Benchley Ocean Awards. Presented by Blue Frontier Campaign, the award, which is named for Jaws author and long-time shark advocate Peter Benchley, ...

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