Sea level rise: Drowning in numbers

Ocean Conserve - Mon, 05/27/2013 - 14:00
New Scientist: IMAGINE your job is to protect London from surging seas. In one way it is easy: unlike most coastal cities, London has a formidable flood defence system in the form of the Thames Barrier, capable of protecting it from all but the highest storm surges. But as the seas rise, the risk of the barrier being breached will increase steadily. With a 1-metre rise in local sea level, London will get flooded every 10 years. So when do you start building new flood defences, and how high do you make them? The...
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Nature's gift is not yet history

Ocean Conserve - Sun, 05/26/2013 - 14:00
Sydney Morning Herald: In searing heat in a remote corner of Arnhem Land, a little-known British film-maker stands clutching a clearly agitated lizard. The year is 1963 and the enthusiastic Englishman's pasty white, shirtless torso is ludicrously out of place, as if mistakenly beamed into the harsh, crocodile-infested Australian landscape from the comforts of central London. But the filmmaker, David Attenborough, is not out of place - he's in his element, beaming into the camera with trademark enthusiasm as the animal...
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Climate change drowning 'Venice of Africa'

Ocean Conserve - Sun, 05/26/2013 - 13:24
Times: He had kept his two wives and many of his 16 children with him long after the neighbours had fled, in the vain hope that his once-bustling, tenacious west African village could survive the remorseless advance of the Atlantic Ocean. "My house used to be two kilometres (1.2 miles) from the sea. I could grow things here because there was fresh water which came from the river," Diagne said, surveying a stretch of wet sand and rubble which, until last year, had been his living room. Doun Babe Dieye,...
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Climate change threatening future life

Ocean Conserve - Sun, 05/26/2013 - 01:35
The Nation: Climate change seems to have exacerbated the stupidity of US daily life, or maybe we’ve long suffered from the consequences of the capitalist mode of production, plus the negative spin offs from the massive US war machine. Both systems feed off nature, which cannot sustain their demands on it. For example, both systems emit huge amounts of carbon dioxide, the most significant greenhouse gas that gets burned in production and war, and gets pumped into the atmosphere by fossil fuel burning and other...
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Severe weather partly a result of climate change

Ocean Conserve - Sat, 05/25/2013 - 23:24
NBC: Damaging tornadoes are an annual springtime threat in parts of the country, but Monday’s massive storm in Oklahoma, in a year that seems to have had more than its share of extreme weather, has many wondering whether things have gotten even more extreme than usual. NBC’s John Yang reports.
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Saving Delaware's coast from sea-level rise

Ocean Conserve - Sat, 05/25/2013 - 14:00
Delaware Online: In a symbolic blow to state climate change adaption efforts, the Delaware county with most at stake in future sea-level rise forecasts abruptly declined to take any stand on the issue Thursday as a state panel approved dozens of recommendations for dealing with the threat. Jeff Shockley, Sussex County delegate to the state’s Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee, said local officials instructed him to abstain from voting on any of the roughly 60 options developed by the group over a 2½-year period....
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Russia evacuates 'drifting' Arctic research station as ice floe melts

Ocean Conserve - Sat, 05/25/2013 - 14:00
Christian Science Monitor: Russia's environment ministry has ordered the urgent evacuation of 16 scientists from a research station on an Arctic ice floe near Canada because the ice around it is disintegrating at an alarming rate, giving the station little chance of survival. The emergency has sparked a wider debate among Russian Arctic researchers over how to continue their work amid rapidly changing climate conditions, and in an atmosphere in which the race for newly uncovered Arctic resources has become one of the most...
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Ocean Acidification and Deep-sea Organisms

Ocean Conserve - Sat, 05/25/2013 - 12:31
Environmental News Network: Although the natural absorption of CO2 by the world's oceans help mitigate climate effects, the resulting decrease in pH causes ocean acidification which can have negative consequences for much of the marine life, specifically calcifiers such as corals and mollusks that construct their shells and skeletons from calcium carbonate. To study the effects of ocean acidification on deep-sea organisms, a team of researchers at the University of Bristol and Yale University used Synchrotron Radiation X-ray...
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Australia: 'Death By a Thousand Cuts': Coal Boom Could Destroy Great Barrier Reef

Ocean Conserve - Sat, 05/25/2013 - 04:04
Spiegel: Australia's Great Barrier Reef is rapidly losing its coral, to the point that UNESCO may soon place the natural wonder on its "in danger" list. Climate change is one culprit, but so is the country's booming extraction industry. Environmentalists warn that time is running out for the reef. The man whose job it should be to protect the Great Barrier Reef is actually afraid of water. The vast ocean, with all the creatures it contains, makes him uneasy. Only once has he visited the reef, the world's...
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Arctic base evacuated as ice dissolves beneath researchers’ feet

Ocean Conserve - Fri, 05/24/2013 - 19:47
Grist: Though it carries major supervillain cred, placing a scientific research station atop an Arctic ice floe in an era of global warming is a dicey proposition - even for the Russians. North Pole 40, a Russian science station that monitors pollution and conducts meteorological research, began operating in October on an Arctic ice floe. The Russians have been deploying research stations to drifting ice floes for more than 70 years, and North Pole 40 is their 40th such station. But they don`t make...
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Proposed Coal Export Terminals Putting People and Planet at Risk

Ocean Conserve - Fri, 05/24/2013 - 14:52
EcoWatch: On Wednesday, Northwest-based groups filed a formal petition with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers asking it to evaluate the cumulative and related impacts of all proposed coal export terminals in Oregon and Washington. There are currently two active coal export proposals in Washington--Cherry Point (north of Bellingham) and Longview--and one proposal in Boardman, OR, that would collectively export a total 100 million metric tons of coal per year if built. Formally submitted by Earthjustice, the...
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Disappearing glaciers: Now you see them, now you don’t

Ocean Conserve - Fri, 05/24/2013 - 11:07
Grist: Momentous change doesn`t always leave visual cues. A 2008 Obama looks much the same as a 2012 Obama (minus a few gray hairs and Benghazi wrinkles). In some ways, climate change is similar; we can`t exactly see villainous clouds of CO2 strangling the sky. But when it comes to glaciers, climate change leaves marks that can be seen from space. Our friends at GlacierWorks hope to document those scars. Respected mountaineer and GlacierWorks Executive Director David Breashears retraced the steps of...
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High hurricane threat stands to test an already stormy Congress

Ocean Conserve - Fri, 05/24/2013 - 05:00
ClimateWire: Scientists are expecting twice as many hurricanes as normal in a looming storm season that stands to stoke political tensions over the cost of disasters months after Congress opened the vault to pay for Superstorm Sandy. The season beginning June 1 has a 70 percent chance of producing seven to 11 hurricanes, of which three to six could be Category 3 or higher with winds of at least 111 miles an hour, officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced yesterday. The...
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Arctic Ocean Rapidly Acidifying

Ocean Conserve - Thu, 05/23/2013 - 15:31
Environmental News Network: After three years of ongoing research by an international team of scientists, a study commissioned by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme for a first-ever comprehensive assessment of Arctic Ocean acidification was presented last week at a meeting of Arctic Council Ministers in Bergen, Norway. The research show that the cold waters of the Arctic sea are more vulnerable to acidification. Cold water more readily absorbs CO2 and combined with the precipitous drop in summer sea ice extent,...
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Gov. Christie's climate change remarks get him in hot water with infrastructure experts

Ocean Conserve - Thu, 05/23/2013 - 15:17
ClimateWire: A panel of New Jersey infrastructure experts yesterday took issue with Gov. Chris Christie a few days after the Republican expressed doubts about the links between climate change and Superstorm Sandy. The governor's remarks earlier this week, in which he said there isn't "any proof thus far that Sandy was caused by climate change," served as backdrop to the dialogue here during a Rutgers University event on New Jersey and climate adaptation. Each member of a panel of experts appeared to disagree...
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Student filmmakers produce powerful documentary about sea turtle conservation

Ocean Conserve - Wed, 05/22/2013 - 19:44
Mother Nature Network: In the epic and eternal battle between sea turtles and fishermen, can both survive? The answer can be yes, according to the new documentary, "¡Viva la Tortuga!" Produced by students from Pace University, the 16-minute film takes a close look at the coalition Grupo Tortuguero, which has been working to protect endangered sea turtles in Mexico's Magdalena Bay on the Baja Peninsula by developing new, sustainable ways to support the region's economy. "¡Viva la Tortuga!" is the third documentary created...
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Vast methane-based ecosystem uncovered

Ocean Conserve - Wed, 05/22/2013 - 17:31
ScienceDaily: A marine research expedition sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has led to the discovery of perhaps the world's largest methane cold seep by two university-based research teams and their partners, UNCW announced today. The seep lies deep in the western North Atlantic Ocean, far from the life-sustaining energy of the sun. Mussels blanketing the the seep rely on bacteria that use the methane to make energy....
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Could Federal Bill Lead to Death of Plastic Bags?

Ocean Conserve - Wed, 05/22/2013 - 16:48
EcoWatch: A mother otter in Moss Landing Harbor, CA, tries to free her cub from a plastic bag. Photo courtesy of the Central Coast Sanctuary Alliance. According to Bag Monster, a bill is under consideration that would regulate single-use plastic bags in the U.S. On Earth Day, the bill, Trash Reduction Act of 2013, was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives. If passed, the bill would place a five-cent fee on single-use plastic and paper bags in every retail location across the country. “According...
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Whale’s Battle with Nets Is Revealed Through Monitoring Device

Ocean Conserve - Wed, 05/22/2013 - 16:01
Yale Environment 360: A small monitoring tag attached to an entangled North Atlantic right whale revealed just how much fishing gear impairs a whale’s ability to swim, dive, and feed, scientists say. After locating a two-year-old whale, dubbed Eg 3911, with fishing gear entangled around her mouth and pectoral fins, a team of scientists was able to attach a so-called Dtag in January 2011 that recorded her movements before, during, and after the team removed the nets. The whale “altered its behavior immediately following...
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Famed bird reappears after 400,000 miles of flight

Ocean Conserve - Wed, 05/22/2013 - 05:15
Mongabay: A migratory shorebird that has flown more than 400,000 miles has reappeared once again. The bird, dubbed "B95" after the number on his leg band or "Moonbird" for the distance he has flown over his lifespan, is a rufus red knot (Calidris canutus rufus) that scientists have been tracking for 19 years. Each May his arrival is anxiously awaited by researchers who want to see whether he survived his annual 16,000-kilometer migration (9,940 mile) each way from the Canadian Arctic to South America's...
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