Unusual Weather Accelerates Arctic Sea Ice Loss

2018-01-18T17:56:12+00:00 January 18, 2018|

(Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) New research suggests weather anomalies are to blame for intense periods of accelerating Arctic sea ice loss. (From UPI/ By Brooks Hays) -- While research has confirmed links between global warming, rising Arctic temperatures and ongoing sea ice loss, variability remains. A pair of new studies conducted [...]

The Squid That Sink To The Ocean’s Floor When They Die

2018-01-18T17:39:07+00:00 January 18, 2018|

(Credit: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute) While the lives of squid are mysterious in many ways, one gruesome truth is that after mating comes death. First the male dies. Next the female, after making a little pouch of eggs, begins to starve. (From The New York Times/ By Veronique Greenwood) -- “She is [...]

Drones Are A New Tool For Duke, UNC Scientists. And They Found Oodles Of Sea Turtles

2018-01-18T12:46:08+00:00 January 18, 2018|

(Credit: Vanessa Bézy/ UNC-Chapel Hill) Scientists from Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill have found a powerful new weapon for counting elusive sea turtles: camera-equipped drones. (From Charlotte Observer/ By Bruce Henderson) -- A drone equipped with a high-resolution digital camera with near-infrared vision helped researchers document hundreds of thousands of olive ridley sea turtles [...]

Member Highlight: Not Even Foul Weather Can Stop Tiger Shark’s 37,565 Mile Journey

2018-01-18T13:15:14+00:00 January 16, 2018|

(Credit: Business Wire) Not freezing temperatures or nor’easters or Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose or Maria can stop “Andy,” a tiger shark tagged in Bermuda by scientists from Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI) in 2014.  (From Business Wire) -- Travelling approximately 37,565 miles off the eastern coast of the United States and around Bermuda, [...]

99% of These Sea Turtles Are Turning Female—Here’s Why

2018-01-16T10:16:02+00:00 January 16, 2018|

The turtle wranglers landed on Ingram Island thinking about sex and heat. Pacific green sea turtles spend years cruising this northern Australia feeding ground, fattening up on sea grasses before heading to nesting areas to mate and lay eggs. (From National Geographic/ By Craig Welch) -- The scientists simply wanted to know: which of these reptiles were male [...]

Natural Disasters Cost U.S. A Record $306 Billion Last Year

2018-01-16T10:12:00+00:00 January 16, 2018|

With three devastating hurricanes, extreme wildfires, hail, flooding, tornadoes and drought, the United States tallied a record high bill last year for weather-related disasters: $306 billion. The U.S. had 16 disasters last year with damage exceeding a billion dollars each, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported Monday. (From CBS News) -- That ties 2011 for the number [...]

El Nino’s Long Reach To Antarctic Ice

2018-01-16T10:06:42+00:00 January 16, 2018|

Antarctica may be thousands of kilometres from the central Pacific but events there can have a significant effect on the White Continent's ice. (From BBC News/ By Jonathan Amos) -- Scientists have shown how ice shelves - the floating fronts of marine-terminating glaciers - respond to the El Niño phenomenon. The warming of tropical eastern [...]

Megalodon Ancestor: Fossil Teeth Link Beast To Earth’s Largest Shark

2018-01-16T10:20:42+00:00 January 16, 2018|

It took nearly 40 years, but researchers have finally collected enough fossil teeth in Alabama to properly identify a previously unknown species of ancient shark — one that was a possible ancestor of megalodon, the largest shark to ever exist. (From Live Science/ By Laura Geggel) -- The newly identified mega-toothed shark lived about 83 million [...]

Coral Countdown: Groundbreaking Study Finds Time’s Up To Save Reefs

2018-01-09T16:36:17+00:00 January 9, 2018|

(Credit: Reinhard Dirscherl Getty Images) Remember the cold War-era Doomsday Clock that counts down the minutes to midnight and nuclear Armageddon? It’s time for a Coral Clock. (From Oceans Deeply/ By Todd Woody) -- A first-of-its-kind study published Thursday has found that the coral bleaching phenomenon that devastated reefs worldwide in 2015–2016 is now the new normal, accelerating at a rate that [...]

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