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Scientists surveying whales
and dolphins on the West Coast have discovered unusual species of birds and marine mammals far north of their normal ranges. Experts say fish and wildlife are being drawn northward by unusually warm ocean
In the winter of 2013--14, hundreds of milk-white birds with luminous yellow eyes and wingspans of up to 5 feet descended on beaches, farmers' fields, city parks and airport runways throughout southern Canada and the United ...
After hauling in the cages at his island oyster farm near Biddeford, Maine, Mark Green's boat is loaded with crusty marine life. Baskets of oysters are there, but so are green crabs — invasive and inedible. "My boat will be full," Green says. ...
When British Capt. James Cook undertook his second voyage in the Southern Ocean
in 1772, scientists on board measured the temperature 183 meters below the surface. It was colder than at the surface.
Scientists have since graduated to ...
Tiny marine algae can evolve fast enough to cope with climate change in a sign that some ocean
life may be more resilient than thought to rising temperatures and acidification, a study showed.
Evolution is usually omitted in scientific ...
Whatever you may imagine, “peak oil” has not been discredited as a concept, a statement no less true for “peak fossil fuels.” Think of them instead as postponed. We are, after all, on a finite planet that, by definition, holds a finite amount ...
Imagine Cape Cod without cod. Maine without lobster. The region’s famous rocky beaches invisible, obscured by constant high waters.
It’s already starting to happen. The culprit is the warming
seas – and in particular the Gulf of Maine, ...
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 ...