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Early action has big effect on rising sea levels

Monday - 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 operations.

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.

Southern Ocean has history of storing carbon

1 Mar 18 - The Southern Ocean – the 20 million-square kilometre stretch of sea that encircles the earth south of the 60th parallel – released vast amounts of carbon dioxide the last time the Earth warmed,...

DiCaprio in deal to save chunk of Indian Ocean

26 Feb 18 - A foundation set up by actor Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the investors that worked on a deal that has led to the Seychelles creating protected areas "the size of Great Britain" in the Indian Ocean.

We're stuck with 1.2m sea level rise, say scientists

21 Feb 18 - The world is now locked into sea-level rise of up to 1.2 metres – and the number goes up 0.2m for every five years that emissions cuts are delayed, scientists say.

Sea level rise speeding up to 100mm per decade

19 Feb 18 - The rate of sea level rise is accelerating so fast that some coastal communities could confront an additional 100mm per decade by the end of the century

Plastics pollute most remote areas of the ocean

16 Feb 18 - Microplastics have been found in some of the most remote and uncharted regions of the oceans raising more concerns over the global scale of plastic pollution.

PLASTIC POISON: Market failure has put the world in peril

24 Jan 18 - Climate change is the result of the greatest market failure the world has ever seen.

Oceans under greatest threat in history, says Attenborough

7 Dec 17 - The world’s oceans are under the greatest threat in history, according to Sir David Attenborough.

Nations agree to ban Arctic fishing for 16 years

5 Dec 17 - Nine nations and the European Union have reached a deal to place the central Arctic Ocean off-limits to commercial fishers for at least the next 16 years.

Mangroves poorly equipped to survive changing climate

4 Dec 17 - New research shows that salt-water-loving mangrove plants are likely ill-equipped to cope with rising sea levels.


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