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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.

As oceans warm, kelp forests begin to disappear

23 Nov 17 - Kelp forests are being wiped out from Tasmania to California, replaced by sea urchin barrens that are nearly devoid of life.

WHALE TALE: 100 years of protection and still hurting

31 Oct 17 - For some whale populations, even 100 years of protection is not long enough to recover from the excesses of commercial hunting.

Corals clue to sudden bursts of ocean rise

25 Oct 17 - Fossilised corals off Texas show that in the past, sea level rose several meters in just decades, probably due to collapsing glaciers.

LOSING NEMO: When the anemone becomes the enemy

12 Oct 17 - The anemonefish – better known as Nemo after the children’s film Finding Nemo – is at risk from the impacts of climate change.

Marine life faces mass extinction by 2100

11 Oct 17 - Mass marine extinction may be inevitable if humans go on burning fossil fuels under the notorious “business as usual” scenario.

Attenborough: 'I remember being told plastic doesn't decay, it's wonderful'

27 Sep 17 - In his sequel to The Blue Planet, David Attenborough will focus on the threats to our oceans and explain why plastic pollution, climate change and overpopulation are problems too urgent to be left to...

DYING BREED: Our oceans are no place to be a senior fish

19 Sep 17 - Fishing has dramatically reduced the number of senior fish left in the ocean.

Tiny part of oceans could help to feed plenty

13 Sep 17 - Marine aquaculture could produce as much seafood as all of the world’s wild marine fisheries, using less than 0.015 per cent of the space in the oceans.

DANGEROUS DIET: Sea salt is sucking up plastic pollution

11 Sep 17 - Sea salt around the world has been contaminated by plastic pollution, adding to experts’ fears that microplastics are becoming ubiquitous in the environment and finding their way into the food chain.

Anchovies eat plastic because it smells like prey

21 Aug 17 - More than 50 species of fish have been found to consume plastic trash at sea ... bad news, not only for fish but potentially for humans who eat fish.

Ocean oxygen depletion could happen again

15 Aug 17 - The deep past has cruel lessons for the near future, for example how ocean oxygen depletion can stifle the marine world. It could recur.

14 Aug 17  Global ocean circulation appears to be collapsing

25 Jul 17  Mexico has an idea ... insure coral reefs against damage


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