Oceans

October 11, 2016--Single clothes wash may release 700,000 microplastic fibres, study finds (Guardian)

Each cycle of a washing machine could release more than 700,000 microscopic plastic fibres into the environment, according to a study. A team at Plymouth University in the UK spent 12 months analysing what happened when a number of synthetic materials were washed at different temperatures in domestic washing machines, using different combinations of detergents, to quantify the microfibres


August 3, 2015--Climate change: Oceans will die even if we remove carbon dioxide from atmosphere, say scientists (Independent)

Attempts to save the world from global warming by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere while continuing to burn fossil fuels are unlikely to prevent the oceans from dying as a result of a build-up of acidity, scientists have found.


June 16, 2015--Oceans: Scientists track spread of toxic algae along West Coast (Summit Voice)

Top federal scientists suspect that a widespread bloom of toxin-producing algae along the West Coast is linked to months of well above-average ocean temperatures in the eastern Pacific, but say it’s t


June 4, 2015--Trouble looms as warmer oceans push marine life toward the poles (Reuters)

Rising sea temperatures attributed to global climate change could drive many marine creatures away from the equator, but their move toward the poles promises to put them in peril in habitats that are smaller and less hospitable, scientists say.


April 1, 2015--Oceans might take 1,000 years to recover from climate change, study suggests (Los Angeles Times)

Naturally occurring climate change lowered oxygen levels in the deep ocean, decimating a broad spectrum of seafloor life that took some 1,000 years to recover, according to a study that offers a potential window into the effects of modern warming.


December 27, 2014--The mystery of the disappearing plastic trash in the oceans solved! (Environmental News Network)

Many of us have seen the photos of plastic refuse in the ocean, the large islands of bags and waste that collect at tidal crossroads. Yet when scientists took a survey of the ocean earlier this year, they found a suspicious amount had disappeared. Was it just our good luck that pollution was decreasing?


December 10, 2014--Full scale of plastic in the world's oceans revealed for first time (Guardian)

More than five trillion pieces of plastic, collectively weighing nearly 269,000 tonnes, are floating in the world’s oceans, causing damage throughout the food chain, new research has found.


November 28, 2014--Human-induced nitrogen pollution impacts oceans (Business Standard)

Human activity, particularly in industrial and agricultural processes, has had significant impacts on the upper ocean nitrogen cycle, a new study has warned.


October 8, 2014--Scientists warn sea levels could swamp coasts (USA Today)

It doesn't take a storm to cause destructive flooding. Rising sea levels are causing more frequent high-tide floods even on completely clear days on the East and Gulf Coasts, says a report out Wednesday from the Union of Concerned Scientists. In the next 15 years or so, many towns and cities could see a tripling in the number of high-tide floods each year.


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