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Fish populations could rise in warming climate

3 Sep 18 - Better management of fisheries and fishing rights around the world could increase profits and leave more fish in the sea as long as measures to meet climate obligations are taken, new research has found.

How a warming planet could speed up the southern seas

30 Aug 18 - As the planet warmed at the end of the last ice age, the abyssal Pacific circulation kicked into high gear.

Life in our oceans is in deep crisis

8 Aug 18 - Wildlife in most of the lawless high seas faces an existential threat from fishing, shipping and the military. Next month, a landmark UN conference could finally bring hope.

Sailors launch fund to help the oceans

4 Jul 18 - World Sailing, the governing body for the sport, has launched a trust to support sustainable development in the oceans.

Marine heatwaves getting hotter and more damaging

11 Jun 18 - Climate change is warming ocean waters and causing shifts in the distribution and abundance of seaweeds, corals, fish and other marine species.

Scum of the sea is a no-see

31 May 18 - An invisible layer of scum on the sea surface can reduce carbon dioxide exchange between the atmosphere and the oceans by up to 50 per cent, scientists have discovered.

Kelp forests under threat from acid seas

22 May 18 - The kelp forests – those towering submarine tangles of brown seaweeds – might not survive the steady change of ocean chemistry.


Middle of nowhere ... yet it’s still awash with microplastics

21 May 18 - Point Nemo in the Pacific is so far flung that the nearest humans are often those aboard the International Space Station. But even that hasn’t saved it from the scourge of microplastics.

Ocean dead zones can be bought back to life

9 May 18 - The world has more than 400 dead zones in oceans and lakes where water contains so little oxygen that aquatic life can’t survive.

Early action has big effect on rising sea levels

16 Apr 18 - Acting early to lower greenhouse gas emissions can slow the rise in sea levels, say scientists in two new studies.

Atlantic Ocean conveyor belt stages a go-slow

13 Apr 18 - The Atlantic current that brings warm water to Europe from the tropics has weakened by 15 per cent since the middle of the last century, new research suggests.

SPY IN THE SKY: Birds could keep an eye on illegal fishers

12 Apr 18 - Albatrosses wearing trackers could be a weapon against illegal fishing.

Marine heatwaves the new norm, say scientists

11 Apr 18 - The marine heatwave which has seen penguins, prions and other New Zealand birds dying this summer is part of a new “normal” caused by climate change, scientists say.

Runaway ice becomes a menace on the high seas

29 Mar 18 - As the planet warms, giant icebergs and sea ice that once would have remained trapped in the frozen Arctic are moving southward faster and more frequently, menacing shipping and oil and gas drilling...

Pacific plastic garbage patch is much bigger than we thought

27 Mar 18 - A vast area of plastic waste in the ocean between California and Hawaii is much larger than previously estimated .. and it's growing rapidly.

Ocean economy set to reach $3t by 2030

23 Mar 18 - A major new report for the UK Government has highlighted the huge economic potential presented by the world’s oceans.

BIG SEAS: Damaged coral could mean islands face giant waves

8 Mar 18 - Damage to coral reefs could mean that by 2100 some Pacific Islands could experience waves reaching the shore at more than twice the height of today’s seas.

Half of world's oceans now fished industrially

6 Mar 18 - Data gathered from more than 70,000 vessels shows commercial fishing now covers a greater surface area than agriculture.

Acid in oceans will soon get to work on reefs

1 Mar 18 - Many of the world’s coral reefs could begin to erode within 30 years as a result of increasing ocean acidity, according to new research.


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