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Sea otters aren’t just unbearably cute; they’re also emerging as key players in keeping the ocean
s healthy in a warming
world, according to new scientific research.Think of sea otters as the park rangers of coastal kelp forests. The ...
They say the first way to treat a problem is to admit the problem exists. In that respect, the Australian government may be coming to terms with what it will take to turn around the worrying state of the Great Barrier Reef.
An outlook ...
Cod and chips could soon become a dish of the past, as Britain's waters become ever warmer. Marine experts have warned that rising sea temperatures are transforming the makeup of fish stocks in our coastal waters.
Where cod and haddock ...
The biggest threat to emperor penguins may not be leopard seals or even killer whales
, but a much larger predator: global warming
Climate change, which is quickly melting the sea ice this species depends on for survival, could cause ...
Move over, polar bears: It’s time for Emperor penguins to become the new poster children of climate change.Recently, polar biologists at the University of Minnesota used satellite images of poop stains (scientists are nothing if not ...
June 8 is World Ocean
s Day. It’s a fitting time to contemplate humanity’s evolving relationship with the source of all life. For much of human history, we’ve affected marine ecosystems primarily by what we’ve taken out of the seas. The challenge ...
A decade ago, a common hypothesis was that rivers and dust supplied the ocean
with most of its iron. Since then, scientists have reported in several papers that icebergs and deep-sea hydrothermal vents also may be significant ...
The push to start drilling in the Atlantic Ocean
is gaining momentum and dividing people along the grand coast of South Carolina, where some local leaders fear what it could mean for tourism.
"If we had an event like they had in the Gulf ...
The top predators of the Southern Ocean
, far-ranging seabirds, are tied both to the health of the ocean
ecosystem and to global climate regulation through a mutual relationship with phytoplankton, according to newly published work from the ...
U.S. officials are heading to Greenland for a three-day meeting to persuade other Arctic nations to place a moratorium on high-seas fishing in the Arctic Ocean
, where climate change is melting the permanent ice cap and allowing trawlers in for ...
The cat parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which can cause blindness in people, has been identified in Beluga in the western Arctic.
The discovery by University of British Columbia scientists has prompted a health advisory to Inuit people in ...
Just after noon on Sept. 4, 2010, a squat, yellow-black cargo ship lumbered out of the Norwegian port of Kirkenes. Naked ridges of glacially scarred granite slid by on either side as the Nordic Barents motored toward the open sea with 41,000 tons ...
Resting near the bottom of the food chain, Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) underpin much of the Southern Ocean
's ecosystem. But in a rapidly warming
world, these hugely-abundant crustaceans could see their habitat shrink considerably. In a ...
What does the future hold for the parts of the world that will be most affected by Earth's warming
climate? This spring and summer, St. Louis-based photojournalist Randall Hyman spent four months getting a preview in Arctic Norway, a place he's ...
Shell Oil recently announced plans to resume drilling operations in the Arctic Ocean
this summer. The company suffered a string of failures when it tried to drill there last year -- from having its emergency equipment "crushed like a beer can" in ...
A mystery is unfolding in the waters of the North Atlantic. Every summer and autumn, numbers of North Atlantic right whales
gather in the waters between the eastern Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to feed on massive amounts of ...
An Alaska scientist whose observations of drowned polar bears helped galvanize the global warming
movement has retired as part of a settlement with a federal agency.
Charles Monnett was briefly suspended in 2011 from his work with the US ...
The world's ocean
s are becoming acidic at an "unprecedented rate" and may be souring more rapidly than at any time in the past 300 million years.
In their strongest statement yet on this issue, scientists say acidification could increase ...
When Jerry Otto started hunting for Alaskan oil in 1980, his tractor-trailers barreled along ice roads as much as 10 feet thick for 180 days every year.
Last winter, when he set out to drill 80 miles south of the Arctic Ocean
More than 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Alaska`s North Slope is ground zero for global climate change. NewsHour producer April Brown reports the melting ice has opened up opportunity for shipping and other development -- industry that ...
It's been a week of doom as far as the public face of science is concerned. On Tuesday we had Sir David Attenborough's depressing prognostications that the future is going to be worse for our children and their children (especially if we insist ...
Last year the Haida, an indigenous group in Canada, set out to increase their salmon stocks and save the planet. Helped by American businessman Russ George, a group of villagers dumped 100 metric tons (110.23 tons) of iron dust from a boat into ...
On the Antarctic island of South Georgia, in February, toward the middle of what passes for summer at the bottom of the world, I hurried through the ruined whaling station of Grytviken.
I had an appointment at the British Antarctic ...
The loss of Arctic sea ice is bad news for the Pacific walrus, and for polar bears: the walrus has further to swim to dig for clams on the sea floor, and the polar bear has less chance of catching seals. But the real problems begin at the base of ...
A major survey of the coral reefs of the Caribbean is expected to reveal the extent to which one of the world’s biggest and most important reserves of coral has been degraded by climate change, pollution, overfishing and degradation.