While the research predicts “a potentially bleak future for many marine species,” the authors say it “also measures how much our oceans and the life within them stand to benefit from both climate change mitigation and adaptation.”90% of Marine Species Face Extinction Under Emissions Status Quo: Study
Ocean waters are now warmer, more acidic and hold less oxygen. Ocean ecosystems, already stressed from overfishing and pollution, face escalating risks of further degradation. With melting sea ice, rising sea levels and growing extreme weather events, human health and well-being now face many threats, most aimed at coastal populations.
Source: Top 5 Ways Coal and Gasoline-Driven Ocean Change can Threaten Human Health
There is a monster in our oceans, and it isn’t sharks, it’s us.
Source: There Is a Monster in Our Oceans, and It Isn’t Sharks, It’s Us | The Smirking Chimp
“The planet warmed more than we thought. It was hidden from us just because we didn’t sample it right. But it was there. It was in the ocean already.”
via ‘We Have Less Time Than We Thought’: Alarming New Study Shows Oceans Have Retained Far More Heat Than Previously Believed
Damage to homes in coastal areas could set off a domino effect—eroding property values, weakening tax bases, and affecting schools and infrastructure
via Study Shows 300,000 US Homes at Risk, $1 Trillion Price Tag as Rising Seas Trigger Chronic Flooding
The 193 UN member nations issue an urgent call for action to reverse the decline of world’s oceans, with US backing the plan.
Source: 193 nations urge action to protect oceans despite US withdrawal from Paris agreement – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
John Abraham: Our new study improves estimates of the rate of ocean warming – a critical component of climate change
Source: Earth’s oceans are warming 13% faster than thought, and accelerating | John Abraham | Environment | The Guardian
With the plummeting price of oil, the cost of the raw petrochemicals that go into plastics is lower than using recycled materials — and conservationists worry that offers little hope for a let up in the amount of plastic entering the world’s oceans.
Source: The Amount of Plastic in the Ocean Could Outweigh Fish by 2050 | VICE News
Nearly half of the increases in ocean temperature between 1865-2015 occurred in just the past 20 years, a rate which is steadily getting quicker, a new study published Monday reveals.
Source: Deep Ocean Warming Happening at ‘Alarming’ and Increasingly Rapid Rate | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community
Taiwanese marine biologists discover a mass of plastic bags and fishing net in the stomach of a dead whale.
Source: Marine biologists discover rubbish haul in stomach of dead whale in Taiwan – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)