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July 10, 2017
Bacteria collaborate to propel the ocean 'engine'
Warwick UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Essential microbiological interactions that keep our oceans stable have been fully revealed for the first time, by researchers at the University of Warwick. Dr Joseph Christie-Oleza and Professor David Scanlan from the School of Life Sciences have discovered that two of the most abundant types of microorganism in the oceans - phototrophic and heterotrophic bacteria - collaborate to cycle nutrients, consequently, drawing carbon from the atmosphere and feeding the ecosystem. This is contrary t ... read more

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From dry to wet: Rainfall might abruptly increase in Africa's Sahel
Climate change could turn one of Africa's driest regions into a very wet one by suddenly switching on a Monsoon circulation. For the first time, scientists find evidence in computer simulations for ... more
Global ocean health relatively stable over past 5 years
While global ocean health has remained relatively stable over the past five years, individual countries have seen changes, according to a study published July 5, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ... more
Rivers do not have same rights as humans: India's top court
India's sacred Ganges and Yamuna rivers cannot be considered "living entities", the country's top court ruled Friday, suspending an earlier order that granted them the same legal rights as humans. ... more
New data shows extreme coastal sea levels more likely
Researchers at the University of Central Florida are using newly available data and advanced modeling techniques to improve predictions of extreme sea levels. ... more
Another threat to the ocean: deoxygenation
As another massive "dead zone" forms in the Gulf of Mexico, other patches of low-oxygen waters are expanding elsewhere in the ocean, threatening marine ecosystems as climate change accelerates. ... more
UNESCO keeps Great Barrier Reef off 'in danger' list
UNESCO said Thursday its World Heritage Committee (WHC) had decided not to place Australia's Great Barrier Reef on its list of sites "in danger" despite concern over coral bleaching. ... more
Surveying sea floor animals for offshore renewable energy
There is growing interest in developing offshore wind and wave energy facilities in the Pacific Northwest. But not much is known about the sediment and animal life along the sea floor in the region. ... more
Calculating 'old' and 'new' water runoff
Just ahead of a rainstorm, Cody Ross might run out to an agricultural research site as part of his graduate work. He'll need to get some dye into an injection well. The point? To evaluate the path t ... more

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Cornell researchers build American eels an 'eelevator'
Dams are one of the main impediments to the recovery of American eels. The removal of old dams has proven a boon to the endangered species, but many dams remain and not all can be demolished. ... more
Study: Birth control turning male fish into females
Cleaning agents and contraceptives flushed down household drains are turning male fish into females, according to a new study. ... more
'Perfect storm' of oceanic conditions triggered Great Barrier Reef bleaching
The perfect combination of factors conspired to trigger widespread bleaching on Australia's Great Barrier Reef in 2016. In a new study, scientists in Australia and Belgium detailed the "perfect storm" of oceanic conditions. ... more
Oceans are warming rapidly
More than 90% of the earth's energy imbalance (EEI) in the climate system is sequestered in the ocean and consequently the ocean heat content (OHC) is increasing. Therefore, OHC is one of the most i ... more
Seagull carried out an autonomous end-to-end unmanned Mine Counter Measure mission
Seagull, Elbit Systems' groundbreaking Multi-Mission USV, participated in the bi-national MCM trials for unmanned maritime systems that were organized by the Directorate General of Material Resource ... more
Biodiversity loss from deep-sea mining will be unavoidable
Biodiversity losses from deep-sea mining are unavoidable and possibly irrevocable, an international team of 15 marine scientists, resource economists and legal scholars argue in a letter published i ... more
Small scale, big improvements
Methods to improve water purification or build better batteries are problems that have challenged scientists for decades. Advances have inched forward, but rising demand moves the finish line furthe ... more
Greenland now a major driver of rising seas: study
Ocean levels rose 50 percent faster in 2014 than in 1993, with meltwater from the Greenland ice sheet now supplying 25 percent of total sea level increase compared with just five percent 20 years earlier, researchers reported Monday. ... more

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Ten million tons of fish wasted every year despite declining fish stocks
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Lebanon dam planned over seismic fault line stirs fears
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In the Red Sea, coral reefs can take the heat of climate change
In the azure waters of the Red Sea, Maoz Fine and his team dive to study what may be the planet's most unique coral: one that can survive global warming, at least for now. ... more
Scientists hope artificial reef can protect ocean biodiversity from climate change
Researchers from the University of Portsmouth in Great Britain hope an artificial coral reef can protect species from the ill effects of global warming, including rising ocean temperatures and ocean acidification. ... more
Scientists at University of California, San Diego find wave's 'sweet spot'
A team of researchers in California have identified a wave's "sweet spot." ... more
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