Australia: Shorebirds Could Be Displaced Due To Rising Sea Levels

Ocean Conserve - Mon, 05/06/2013 - 23:18
RedOrbit: As climate scientists continue to sound warnings about how the impending sea level rise will impact coastal cities, a group of Australian researchers has found that shorebirds could be feeling squeezed even more than humans. According to the research team’s report in the Proceedings of The Royal Society B (RSPB), a 23 to 40 percent loss of shorebirds’ main feeding grounds could lead to a 70 percent decline in their population. “Each year, millions of shorebirds stop at coastal wetlands to rest...
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BP Agrees to 28 Early Restoration Projects for Gulf States

Ocean Conserve - Mon, 05/06/2013 - 19:32
Environment News Service: The British oil company BP has agreed to pay $600 million to cover 28 early restoration projects in the Gulf Coast states damaged by the massive 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. In a preliminary agreement reached with the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees, the company will pay for the 28 projects in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. These projects will restore marshes, barrier islands, dunes and near shore marine environments. This funding...
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The world's largest 'waste dump' is found in the Pacific Ocean

Ocean Conserve - Mon, 05/06/2013 - 18:10
Mongabay: If you were to travel from the United States of America to Japan, you would most likely encounter what could be described as the world's largest waste dump: a 100,000 tonne expanse of debris floating around a large region of the Pacific Ocean. The total area of this phenomenon has been said to equal the size of continental U.S., but the truth about its true size remains unknown. Captain Charles Moore first discovered the 'Pacific garbage patch' in 1997. The area in which rubbish gets caught up...
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Number Of Hurricanes Reaching Hawaii Could Triple This Century

Ocean Conserve - Mon, 05/06/2013 - 11:18
RedOrbit: Hawaii could experience a two-to-three fold increase in the number of tropical cyclones by the year 2100, according to new research published Sunday in the online edition of Nature Climate Change. Only two hurricanes have made landfall in the island state over the past three decades, but that is likely to change during the last quarter of this century, computer simulations developed by scientists at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s International Pacific Research Center (IPRC) have revealed....
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Guadeloupe and Martinique threatened as pesticide contaminates food chain

Ocean Conserve - Mon, 05/06/2013 - 09:30
Guardian: On 15 April more than 100 fishermen demonstrated in the streets of Fort de France, the main town on Martinique, in the French West Indies. In January they barricaded the port until the government in Paris allocated EUR2m ($2.6m) in aid, which they are still waiting for. The contamination caused by chlordecone, a persistent organochlorine pesticide, means their spiny lobsters are no longer fit for human consumption. The people of neighbouring Guadeloupe are increasingly angry for the same reason....
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More hurricanes for Hawaii?

Ocean Conserve - Sun, 05/05/2013 - 22:38
ScienceDaily: News of a hurricane threat sends our hearts racing, glues us to the Internet for updates, and makes us rush to the store to stock up on staples. Hawaii, fortunately, has been largely free from these violent storms in the recent past, only two having made landfall in more than 30 years. Now a study headed by a team of scientists at the International Pacific Research Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa, shows that Hawaii could see a two-to-three-fold increase in tropical cyclones by the last quarter...
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The shocking disappearance of England's east coast

Ocean Conserve - Sun, 05/05/2013 - 20:30
Guardian: Holidaymakers visiting familiar sandy beaches along the east coast of England this weekend will have got a shock. Vast quantities of sand have disappeared, cliffs have collapsed, and familiar paths to the beach have had to be roped off because they end in a sudden drop. The culprit has been the unusually bleak winter weather. Weeks of northeasterly gales in the last three months have taken as much as seven metres depth of sand off beaches of Norfolk and Suffolk, and eroded soft material from cliffs...
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Hawaii in Climate Change Bullseye

Ocean Conserve - Sun, 05/05/2013 - 17:07
Discovery: Tropical cyclones of the future may have the Hawaiian islands in their cross hairs, according to a new study of how climate change will alter eastern Pacific Ocean storms near the end of the 21st century. In the middle of Earth's largest ocean and already in a warm clime, Hawaii seems like the last place to to worry about global warming. But as the air warms, the oceans are absorbing even more heat and that plays out in climate models that Hiroyuki Murakami, of the University of Hawaii, and his...
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Remember the BP Oil Spill? Malformed Fish Do

Ocean Conserve - Sun, 05/05/2013 - 15:01
Scientific American: You’ve heard of the canary in the coalmine. Well, a species called the Gulf killifish might be the fish in the oil well. Three years ago, the blowout at BP's Macondo well spewed more than 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Despite attempts to recover it, much of that oil made it into sediments. And new tests show that such oiled sediments are bad for Gulf fish. The research is in the journal Environmental Science and Technology. The Gulf killifish maxes out at about 18 centimeters...
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New York mountain town awaits hurricane relief, 20 months later

Ocean Conserve - Sun, 05/05/2013 - 14:27
Reuters: Rebecca Hoskins poked through the debris in her flood-wrecked house: a TV here, a light fixture there. Someone had been in and taken down the curtains. She blinked back a tear. It was a crisp early spring day and her first visit in year-and-a half to what had been her home for 15 years. Hoskins, a supervising bus driver from Essex County in New York State's Adirondack mountains, is one of 43 homeowners in the area still waiting to be made whole after Hurricane Irene blew through in August 2011,...
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Using the Mississippi River to rebuild Louisiana's coast

Ocean Conserve - Sun, 05/05/2013 - 14:00
Times-Picayune: Coastal experts have been telling us since Katrina that our marshes are getting perilously close to a tipping point. If we don't act very quickly, we may be too late. We lacked a plan, and we lacked money. Now we have both. As sources of funding from the BP oil disaster become available, the likelihood that big river sediment diversions -- which are proven strategies to build land -- will actually be done has some folks up in arms. Opponents of the plan, Louisiana's 2012 Comprehensive Master Plan...
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Human ingenuity vs. climate change: coping with life on the edge

Ocean Conserve - Sun, 05/05/2013 - 14:00
Westerly Sun: Climate change is a monster of an issue, as complex as it is dangerous. As they assess and predict the threats posed by severe storms and sea level rise, scientists are also trying to identify and understand the ways that the warming of the planet will affect the atmosphere. Towns are doing what they can to mitigate and prevent storm damage, but over and over, residents are faced with storms that can destroy their homes and even threaten their lives. “This is new normal,” said David Prescott,...
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Getting rich off global warming

Ocean Conserve - Sun, 05/05/2013 - 14:00
Salon: On the opening morning of the inaugural National Adaptation Forum, I was eating breakfast at a stand-up table in the exhibition hall when a mustachioed man of middle age plopped his cherry Danish next to my pile of conference literature, a mess of pamphlets and reports with titles like Getting Climate Smart: A Water Preparedness Guide for State Action, and Successful Adaptation: Linking Science and Policy in a Rapidly Changing World. The nametag dangling above the Danish identified the man as Michael...
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Global highways of invasive marine species calculated

Ocean Conserve - Sun, 05/05/2013 - 12:27
ScienceDaily: Globalisation, with its ever increasing demand for cargo transport, has inadvertently opened the flood gates for a new, silent invasion. New research has mapped the most detailed forecast to date for importing potentially harmful invasive species with the ballast water of cargo ships. Scientists from the Universities of Bristol, UK, and Oldenburg, Germany, have examined ship traffic data and biological records to assess the risk of future invasions. Their research is published in the latest issue...
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Beaches to be blacklisted for swimming under new EU rules

Ocean Conserve - Sun, 05/05/2013 - 08:21
Telegraph: With the temperature expected to rival that in the south of France over the bank holiday, many people will be heading to Britain's beaches to soak up some sun and cool down in the surf today and tomorrow. But European Union rules are posing a threat to the chances of enjoying a healthy dip in the sea at more than 50 of England's most treasured beaches, as they are at risk of being blacklisted as unsafe for swimming. The Environment Agency has warned that the beaches, listed among the 500 bathing...
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United Kingdom: Lobster catches drop 90% after winter

Ocean Conserve - Sun, 05/05/2013 - 08:07
BBC: Fishermen have said the harsh and prolonged winter in Scotland has been disastrous for the country's lobster industry. Valuable stocks of the shellfish are are still hibernating out at sea because of the cold weather. Creel fishermen claim catches are as much as 90% down on last year, meaning prices for the seafood have soared. Laura Bicker reports.
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Hurricane Sandy’s Immense Energy Shook the U.S

Ocean Conserve - Sat, 05/04/2013 - 16:00
Climate News Network: Sandy, the superstorm that all but submerged New York, was powerful enough to set U.S. earthquake detectors quivering long before it hit the American coastline. It stirred up Atlantic Ocean waves that slammed into each other, started to shake the sea floor and then shook the Midwestern states so vigorously that the storm's progress could be tracked by seismometer. The windstorm-induced tremors were very tiny, and not unusual -- and say as much about the sensitivity of modern seismometers as...
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Adding evacuation zones in response to hurricane

Ocean Conserve - Sat, 05/04/2013 - 14:00
New York Times: The Bloomberg administration announced on Friday that it would double to six the number of evacuation zones along New York City’s coast and expand them to include an additional 640,000 residents, saying that the new map would provide more flexibility when major storms hit. The changes to the city’s coastal storm plan were the most visible initiative to emerge from a report on the response to Hurricane Sandy prepared at Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s request. The report repeatedly praises city agencies...
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Warning as carbon levels hit new high

Ocean Conserve - Sat, 05/04/2013 - 14:00
Brisbane Times: Carbon dioxide levels are about to rise to the highest they have been in five million years, triggering warnings a move towards low carbon economies is not happening quick enough. The atmospheric concentration of CO2 is expected to rise to 400 parts per million in the next few days, according to readings at the American government's Earth Systems Research Laboratory in Hawaii. University of Queensland Global Change Institute Director, Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, said there have been few,...
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U.S. commits to protecting loggerhead sea turtle habitat by 2014

Ocean Conserve - Sat, 05/04/2013 - 10:19
Reuters: The Obama administration has agreed by July 1 to map out areas to protect nesting beaches for endangered loggerhead sea turtles as part of a legal settlement with conservation groups. The U.S. Department of Commerce agreed to the deadline for a preliminary proposal on the critical habitat of loggerheads in the U.S. Atlantic and Pacific oceans and in the Gulf of Mexico, under an agreement filed on Thursday in U.S. District Court in California. Three environmental groups sued the government in January,...
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