Marine Heatwave Hits Pacific, Raising Fears of a New Hot ‘Blob’

The ocean off the western coast of North America is five degrees Fahrenheit hotter than usual after warming at an unusually rapid rate, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa). It has been dubbed the “north-east Pacific marine heatwave of 2019”. Marine heatwaves are defined as oceanic …

New Innovations in Geoengineering Are Needed to Save the Coral Reefs

The coral reef crisis continues thanks to threats like climate change and pollution. With that in mind, the National Academy of Sciences released a major report last week detailing the high-tech interventions that may be necessary to stop the damage and save the coral reefs. The report — commissioned by …

The Oceans Absorb Even More Heat Than We’ve Thought and That’s Bad News

Two thirds of the planet is covered in water and so no surprisingly oceans have an inordinate effect on the Earth’s climate. They absorb vast amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere and regulate global temperatures. But here comes bad news, courtesy of scientists in the United States who have just …

Forecasting Coral Disease Outbreaks Could Buy Time to Save Reefs

Hawaii’s knobby finger coral careened toward extinction in 2015. The species was so rare that scientists could only find a few fragments in the wild, scattered across the seabed of Oahu’s Kaneohe Bay. It might have been a familiar story. Vanishing species like Southern Resident orcas and North Atlantic right …

Coral Reefs ‘Will Be Overwhelmed by Rising Oceans’

Scientists have uncovered a new threat to the world’s endangered coral reefs. They have found that most are incapable of growing quickly enough to compensate for rising sea levels triggered by global warming. The study suggests that reefs – which are already suffering serious degradation because the world’s seas are …