Member Highlight: New Study Shows Florida Keys’ Coral Are Growing But Have Become More Porous

2018-09-24T11:44:41+00:00 September 24, 2018|

(Credit: JP Rippe) Research suggests that higher-latitude reefs may have more time to adapt to rising ocean temperatures than their tropical counterparts. (From UNC-Chapel Hill/ By ) -- Researchers have long questioned what impact climate change has on the rate at which corals are growing and building reef habitats in the Florida [...]

Member Highlight: Can Seagrass Help Fight Ocean Acidification?

2018-08-06T12:31:34+00:00 August 6, 2018|

Seagrass meadows could play a limited, localized role in alleviating ocean acidification in coastal ecosystems, according to new work led by Carnegie's David Koweek and including Carnegie's Ken Caldeira and published in Ecological Applications. (From EurekAlert) -- When coal, oil, or gas is burned, the resulting carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere where it is [...]

Senators See Disconnect Between Dollars And Deliverables Of NOAA’s Priorities

2018-07-30T15:03:45+00:00 July 30, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard held a hearing titled, “NOAA’s Blue Economy Initiative: Supporting Commerce in American Oceans and Great Lakes.” Why It Matters Sectors of the economy that involve the ocean and Great [...]

Member Highlight: More Sharks Ditching Annual Migration As Ocean Warms

2018-06-18T10:21:19+00:00 June 18, 2018|

Blacktip sharks usually travel in the tens of thousands from North Carolina to Florida. But thanks to climate change, more are staying put. (From National Geographic / By Eric Niiler ) -- The annual migration of blacktip sharks from southern Florida to North Carolina has begun—and researchers who track this amazing ritual say there are seeing only about one-third the usual [...]

Blue Future: Mapping Opportunities For U.S.-China Ocean Cooperation

2018-05-22T09:30:25+00:00 May 22, 2018|

(Credit: Getty/George Rose) The United States and China share a deep common interest in ocean protection. The world’s ocean and coastal resources are currently under threat from overfishing, pollution, and unchecked resource extraction. Global ocean health is declining rapidly and has already reached crisis levels. (From American Progress) -- As the largest ocean [...]

April’s Congressional Wrap Up

2018-05-14T17:15:00+00:00 May 14, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Consortium for Ocean Leadership Staff What Passed A bill aimed at helping scientists and innovators to commercialize their products (H.R. 5086) passed the House with bipartisan support while another focused on mentoring and apprenticeships in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers (H.R. 5509) was agreed to in the [...]

Climate And National Security Forum 2018: A Responsibility To Prepare

2018-03-01T15:25:27+00:00 February 2, 2018|

(Click to enlarge) The U.S. Navy base in Norfolk, Virginia (Credit: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ernest R. Scott/Wikipedia) The Center for Climate and Security, in partnership with the Environmental and Energy Study Institute and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, invites you to join us for the 2018 Climate and National Security Forum: A Responsibility [...]

Scientists Pinpoint How Ocean Acidification Weakens Coral Skeletons

2018-02-01T15:05:53+00:00 February 1, 2018|

(Credit: Hannah Barkley, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) The rising acidity of the oceans threatens coral reefs by making it harder for corals to build their skeletons. A new study identifies the details of how ocean acidification affects coral skeletons, allowing scientists to predict more precisely where corals will be more vulnerable. (From [...]

Sea Butterflies Repair Shell Damage From Ocean Acidification

2018-01-31T15:26:52+00:00 January 30, 2018|

(Credit: British Antarctic Survey) A new study of tiny marine snails called sea butterflies shows the great lengths these animals go to repair damage caused by ocean acidification. The paper, led by researchers at British Antarctic Survey, is published this month in the journal Nature Communications. (From Phys.org) --The ocean absorbs around one [...]

2017 Was The Hottest Year Yet In The World’s Ocean

2018-01-29T17:19:52+00:00 January 29, 2018|

(Credit: Mario Tama, Getty) Oceans aren't likely to cool any time soon, a new study finds. In fact, 2017 was the warmest year on record in the ocean, according to researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. (From National Geographic/ By Sarah Gibbens) -- Their findings indicate a "long-term warming trend driven by human [...]

How Scientists Use Bioluminescent Deep-Sea Creatures To Fight Cancer

2018-01-25T10:55:40+00:00 January 25, 2018|

(Credit: E/V Nautilus) Determining whether new immunotherapies are successfully fighting cancer cells can be difficult and expensive. Creatures from the depths of the ocean might be able to change that. (From Oceans Deeply/ By Matthew O. Berger) -- Those were the findings of a recent research project, and they underscore what a number of scientists [...]

New Eocene Fossil Data Suggest Climate Models May Underestimate Future Polar Warming

2018-01-24T10:05:33+00:00 January 24, 2018|

(Credit: Laura Cotton) A new international analysis of marine fossils shows that warming of the polar oceans during the Eocene, a greenhouse period that provides a glimpse of Earth's potential future climate, was greater than previously thought. (From Science Daily) -- By studying the chemical composition of fossilized foraminifera, tiny single-celled animals that [...]

Changes for Defense’s Science Enterprise

2018-01-22T14:32:45+00:00 January 22, 2018|

What It Was The Senate Committee on Armed Services held a nomination hearing on four presidential appointed positions, including the Honorable Michael D. Griffin to be under secretary of defense for research and engineering at the Department of Defense (DOD). All four nominations passed out of committee. Why It Matters It is critical to [...]

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 [...]

Member Highlight: New Study Identifies Thermometer For Global Ocean

2018-01-08T15:47:05+00:00 January 5, 2018|

(Credit: Jay Johnson/ IDDO) There's a new way to measure the average temperature of the ocean thanks to researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego. In an article published in the Jan. 4, 2018, issue of the journal Nature, geoscientist Jeff Severinghaus and colleagues at Scripps Oceanography [...]

Low Ocean Oxygen Levels Causing Large-Scale Death Of Marine Life

2018-01-05T17:25:27+00:00 January 5, 2018|

(Credit: Arcadio Castillo/ Smithsonian) New research has found that in the past 50 years, the amount of ocean areas with zero oxygen has gone up more than fourfold. Low-oxygen sites, as they are called, are regions where water has lost its usual oxygen levels. In coastal water bodies, low-oxygen sites have increased 10-fold [...]

Erosion May Transform The Arctic Food Chain

2018-01-05T10:59:47+00:00 January 5, 2018|

As climate change continues to grip the Arctic—causing the oceans to rise, permafrost to thaw and sea ice to melt—scientists believe they've discovered an unexpected consequence of the shifting landscape. Changes along the coastline are altering the composition of the Arctic Ocean, in ways that could fundamentally transform the local food chain. (From Scientific [...]

The Caribbean Is Stressed Out

2018-01-03T17:50:22+00:00 January 3, 2018|

(Credit: Karen Koltes) Forty percent of the world's 7.6 billion people live in coastal cities and towns. A team including Smithsonian marine biologists just released 25 years of data about the health of Caribbean coasts from the Caribbean Coastal Marine Productivity Program (CARICOMP).  (From Science Daily) -- The study provides new insights into [...]

Warmer, Wetter Climate Could Mean Stronger, More Intense Storms

2017-12-20T15:54:00+00:00 December 20, 2017|

(Credit: Kristen Rasmussen/NCAR) How would today's weather patterns look in a warmer, wetter atmosphere -- an expected shift portended by climate change? (From Science Daily) -- Colorado State University researcher Kristen Rasmussen offers new insight into this question -- specifically, how thunderstorms would be different in a warmer world. The assistant professor of [...]

Watchdog: Pentagon Taking Few Steps To Prepare Overseas Bases For Climate Change

2017-12-15T13:16:38+00:00 December 15, 2017|

The Pentagon has taken few steps to prepare its overseas installations for climate change, a government watchdog said Wednesday. (From The Hill/ By Rebecca Kheel) -- “While the military services have begun to integrate climate change adaptation into installations’ plans and project designs, this integration has been limited,” the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report [...]

Arctic Report Card: Permafrost Thawing At A Faster Pace

2017-12-13T13:41:31+00:00 December 13, 2017|

Permafrost in the Arctic is thawing at a faster clip, according to a new report released Tuesday. Water is also warming and sea ice is melting at the fastest pace in 1,500 years at the top of the world. (From ABC News/ By Seth Borenstein) -- The annual report released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric [...]

Extreme Fieldwork, Climate Modeling Yields New Insight Into Predicting Greenland’s Melt

2017-12-12T12:37:33+00:00 December 12, 2017|

Greenland (Credit: Matthew Cooper) A new UCLA-led study reinforces the importance of collaboration in assessing the effects of climate change. The research, published Dec. 5 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, offers new insights about previously unknown factors affecting Greenland's melting ice sheet, and it could ultimately help scientists [...]

Assailed As Tool Of Industry, EPA Administrator Pruitt Affirms Importance Of Science

2017-12-12T11:53:57+00:00 December 11, 2017|

(Credit: EPA) EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt pushed back on criticism that his agency has bent to industry influence, telling a congressional committee Thursday that science remains “essential” to the promulgation of policies and regulations affecting the environment and public health. (From USA Today/ By Ledyard King) -- Several Democrats on the House Commerce [...]

Future Arctic Sea Ice Loss Could Dry Out California

2017-12-07T12:24:48+00:00 December 7, 2017|

(Credit: Graphic by Kathy Seibert/LLNL) Arctic sea ice loss of the magnitude expected in the next few decades could impact California's rainfall and exacerbate future droughts, according to new research led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists. (From Science Daily)-- The dramatic loss of Arctic sea ice cover observed over the satellite [...]

A Less Frozen Frontier

2018-08-06T16:20:38+00:00 December 4, 2017|

Northwest Passage (Credit: NASA) What It Was A coalition of geoscience organizations and Representative Don Young (AK-At-large) hosted a briefing in the Geosciences and the U.S. Economy Series titled, “Geosciences in the Artic: Permafrost, Energy, and Trade Routes in the Last Frontier.” Why It Matters The United States is an Arctic nation [...]

Melting Ice Could Mess Up Deep-Sea Chemistry

2017-12-04T17:37:38+00:00 November 30, 2017|

Melting glaciers might be making ocean water more acidic, an unexpected finding that's given scientists new cause for concern. A new study published yesterday in the journal Nature Climate Change suggests surprising ways that climate change is drastically altering the water chemistry in deep seas—a process that may happen faster than researchers anticipated.

Climate Skeptic From Texas Moves Closer To Top Environment Post Under Trump

2017-11-30T12:56:54+00:00 November 30, 2017|

A Senate committee approved Kathleen Hartnett White, a climate change skeptic and former chairwoman of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, for a top environmental post Wednesday. Voting along party lines, the Senate’s Environment and Public Works committee approved White to head the Council on Environmental Quality. Her nomination must be approved by the full Senate before she is confirmed.

See What Happens At A ‘Day Spa’ For Whales

2017-12-04T17:37:28+00:00 November 28, 2017|

To graduate student Sarah Fortune, the rocky crags off Baffin Island were just part of its stark beauty. Then, she saw a group of eight bowhead whales rubbing their bodies against the large boulders. Using aerial drones to watch the whales, she saw that they were using the rocks to help remove loose, dead skin.

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Receives Fertility Treatment

2017-11-27T14:10:15+00:00 November 27, 2017|

Australian scientists are optimistic that a fertility treatment for coral could help regenerate the Great Barrier Reef. The 2,300 kilometer long coral reef -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site -- has been extensively damaged by a process known as coral bleaching in which warm water stresses the organism and causes it to die.

Combining Tradition And Modern Science To Survive Climate Change In The Pacific Islands

2017-11-23T09:39:35+00:00 November 23, 2017|

When Alifereti Tawake was a boy growing up on Fiji's Kadavu Island, his grandfather would go out fishing in the morning and return before Tawake left for school. "That would be my lunch," Tawake says. "Fresh fish." Over time, his grandfather would stay out for longer and longer stretches of time, until one day in 1988 when he didn't come back at all; his family believes that he died at sea. By then, it was clear to many Fijian fishermen that the marine resources they harvested for food and livelihoods were dwindling. Fiji's shift from a subsistence economy to a commercial one left its coasts largely depleted.

Surfing for Science: Ocean Enthusiasts Could Help Gauge Coastal Warming

2017-11-22T09:08:21+00:00 November 22, 2017|

Researchers want to enlist surfers, scuba divers and anglers to monitor hard-to-reach areas vulnerable to climate change. Satellites are good at measuring temperatures over vast stretches of ocean, but less accurate at monitoring a particularly important type of marine environment—coastlines. Now help could come from an unlikely source: a water sports “navy” of surfers, anglers, scuba divers and others. A U.K.-led team of researchers has proposed this alliance to help gather coastal climate data in a recent paper in Frontiers in Marine Science.

Member Highlight: Pacific Island Countries Could Lose 50-80 Percent Of Fish In Local Waters Under Climate Change

2017-11-16T09:14:24+00:00 November 16, 2017|

Many Pacific Island nations will lose 50 to 80 percent of marine species in their waters by the end of the 21st century if climate change continues unchecked, finds a new Nippon Foundation-Nereus Program study published in Marine Policy. This area of the ocean is projected to be the most severely impacted by aspects of climate change.

Senators Tear Into Controversial Trump Environment Nominee

2017-11-30T15:27:29+00:00 November 9, 2017|

(Click to enlarge) Kathleen Hartnett White (Credit: Paul Morse/Heritage Foundation/Flickr) Senators from both parties on Wednesday criticized Kathleen Hartnett White, a key environmental nominee from President Trump, using her past statements on climate change and fuel policy to raise concerns about her nomination.  (From The Hill/ by Devin Henry) -- Hartnett White, a think tank official [...]

Questions On The Road To Confirmation

2018-01-22T10:30:45+00:00 November 6, 2017|

The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing to consider four presidential nominees subject to Senate confirmation, including The Honorable James Bridenstine (OK-1) to be Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Dr. Neil Jacobs to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Environmental Observation and Prediction at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

One Fin, Two Fin, Red Fin, No Fin

2017-11-30T15:28:11+00:00 November 6, 2017|

The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Interior, Energy, and Environment held a hearing, “Examining the Regulation of Shark Finning in the United States.” There are nearly 500 species of sharks, and these top predators play a key role in maintaining ecosystem balance, which allows for thriving fisheries, robust habitats, and a healthy ocean. In turn, a healthy ocean is critical to life on this planet – from supplying oxygen and food to its role in international commerce.

A Major New U.S. Report Affirms: Climate Change Is Getting Worse

2017-11-03T14:10:42+00:00 November 3, 2017|

Climate change is real. It’s caused by greenhouse-gas pollution released by human industrial activity. Its consequences can already be felt across every region and coastline of the United States—and, unless we stop emitting greenhouse gases soon, those consequences will almost certainly get worse. Those are the headline findings of the Climate Science Special Report, a sweeping and more than 800-page examination of the evidence. The report was published Friday by four agencies of the U.S. government and academics from across the country.

Member Highlight: Melting Glaciers Could Raise Sea Levels In Sharp Bursts, Reef Fossils Show

2017-10-24T12:15:52+00:00 October 23, 2017|

If all the land ice present on Earth today were to melt, it would raise the global sea levels by about 70 meters (230 feet), according to the United States Geological Survey. Under the onslaught of global warming, sea levels have been rising steadily in the recent years, but researchers looking at historical data have found these rise could happen in sharp bursts instead.

Trump Administration Denies Endangered Species Protection To Pacific Walruses

2017-11-30T15:51:02+00:00 October 11, 2017|

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has moved to remove Endangered Species Act protections from Pacific Walruses, citing their ability to adapt and persist during changes in their climate and environment. "The Pacific walrus population has persisted through past climate change events however, the ability of the Pacific walrus population to adapt to ...

A #2 For NOAA?

2017-11-30T15:52:06+00:00 October 2, 2017|

The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing to consider four presidential nominees subject to Senate confirmation, including Rear Admiral Timothy Gallaudet (Ret.) to be deputy administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Study: ‘Unprecedented’ Rain, Warmth For Alaska By End Of Century

2017-09-21T10:42:49+00:00 September 21, 2017|

If current carbon emissions and climate trends hold, the Far North can join the hurricane-soaked South as a place of wet-weather extremes, new research shows. Climate warming is likely to bring more episodes of heavy rain, above-freezing winter thaws and scorching hot summer days in the coming decades, says a study by scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. By the end of the century, one-day maximum rainfalls will be 53 percent heavier than what is now considered the norm — the weather recorded from 1981 to 2010 — and maximum five-day rainfalls will be 50 percent heavier, according to the study.

Unraveling A Major Cause Of Sea Ice Retreat In The Arctic Ocean

2017-09-08T10:13:19+00:00 September 8, 2017|

Quantitative analysis has evidenced the acceleration system of melting ice: dark water surfaces absorb more heat than white ice surfaces, thus melting ice and making more water surfaces in the Arctic Ocean. Ice-covered sea areas in the Arctic Ocean during summer have nearly halved since the 1970s and 1980s, raising alarm that the ocean is shifting from a multiyear to a seasonal ice zone. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has forecasted summer ice cover in the polar ocean might disappear almost completely as early as 2050. Various factors have been cited as causes, including rising temperatures and changes in atmospheric circulation patterns.

Trump Picks Scientist Who Accepts Warming For NOAA Role

2017-09-07T11:58:27+00:00 September 7, 2017|

(Click to enlarge) Global warming in the USA (Credit: Andrea Della Adriano/Flickr) There is something unusual about the Trump administration's appointment of NOAA's new deputy administrator: He believes climate change is real. Tim Gallaudet was nominated to be deputy administrator at NOAA last week. He will take the No. 2 slot at the agency [...]

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