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Heatwaves sweeping oceans ‘like wildfires’

5 Mar 19 - Extreme ocean temperatures destroy kelp, seagrass and corals – with alarming impacts for humanity.

Deep waters become 'ultimate sink' for plastic

1 Mar 19 - The world’s deepest ocean trenches are becoming “the ultimate sink” for plastic waste, according to a study that reveals contamination of animals even in these dark, remote regions of the planet.

Major study changes view of vital Atlantic conveyor belt

5 Feb 19 - An international research programme has uncovered data that could transform scientists’ understanding of the Atlantic Ocean current – a circulation pattern that plays a central role in determining weather across the world.

Industrial fishing ushers the albatross closer to extinction

1 Feb 19 - Industrial fishing vessels that accidentally kill tens of thousands of albatrosses each year routinely ignore regulations designed to save the birds from extinction, according to research.

Shellfish under threat as seas become more acidic

31 Jan 19 - Growing acidification of the oceans is becoming a serious problem for the production of shellfish around the world.

Our oceans head into another heatwave

24 Jan 19 - Marine heatwave conditions are already occurring in parts of the Tasman Sea and the ocean around New Zealand and looking to become the new normal.

In a warming world, bigger waves pack a stronger punch

24 Jan 19 - Ocean waves are now hitting harder than ever. As the world warms, they gain in energy, impact and height.


Our oceans broke heat records in 2018

23 Jan 19 - Rising temperatures can be charted back to the late 1950s, and the past five years were the five hottest on record.

Mishap forces Pacific garbage patch swimmer to give up

28 Nov 18 - A plastics-pollution campaigner has given up his attempt to swim across the Pacific - a trip that was to take him through 1600km of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Oceans could be facing mass extinctions

22 Nov 18 - The world’s oceans have lost more than 2 per cent of their dissolved oxygen reservoir over the past five decades.

Plastics pollution on our beaches is becoming a pain

6 Nov 18 - Plastic rubbish on New Zealand beaches is not only hurting wildlife, it’s hurting us, too.

Ocean-sweeper targets plastic waste in Caribbean

29 Oct 18 - SodaStream has announced the launch of its massive ocean-sweeper, a contraption designed to dismantle plastic waste patches in marine waters.

Ocean warming hits highest recorded level

25 Oct 18 - Ocean heat content set a record in the first half of 2018, with more warmth in the oceans than at any time since records began in 1940.

Campaign aims to name plastic polluters

19 Sep 18 - A global call has gone out to combat plastic pollution with plans to name and shame the most pervasive polluting companies.

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...

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.


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