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Conserving biodiversity

Nations Accelerate Plans to Realize UN Biodiversity Conservation Goals

Mexico established four new biological reserves and five other protected areas as representatives from more than 190 UN member nations adopted the Cancun Declaration, stepping up their efforts to conserve biological diversity. Will it be enough to curtail a Sixth Great Extinction?

Prime Beachfront Property: Washed Away by Rising Tides

Nearly 100 feet of prime beach has been lost in the popular Maya Riviera resort town of Playa del Carmen since 2010 despite the millions spent to preserve it. Hotel and resort owners in Cancun once again are calling on Mexico’s federal government to bail them out.

East Asia Climate Change: Typhoon are getting more intense

East Asia Typhoon Intensity on the Rise as G20 Leaders Meet in China

East Asia typhoons have been increasing in intensity, a trend that is expected to continue and take a heavier toll throughout the western Pacific rim and posing greater challenges to regional and world leaders.

Rising Ocean Temperatures Lead to Increase in Marine Pathogens and Infections

In a landmark research paper an international team of marine microbiologists concludes that rising sea surface temperatures are leading to population booms of the marine pathogen Vibrio cholerae and other members of the genus in Northern Atlantic waters.

The beauty of the ocean hides within it troubling secrets, such as a decrease in oxygen levels that could lead to increasing "dead zones"

Ocean Oxygen : Suffocating the Seas

Ocean breathing – From the shallows down to its yawning depths, the ocean gets its oxygen from the surface, supplied either by the atmosphere or from the release of oxygen in phytoplankton through photosynthesis. Scientists have long known that one expected consequence from a warming climate is a gradual drop in the amount of oxygen dissolved into ocean waters as they absorb…

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13th Consecutive Year of Record Low Arctic Sea Ice Winter Maximums

Spanning 14.52 million square kilometers ( 5.61 square miles) as of March 24, 2015’s winter maximum was reached 12 days later than the average from 1981-2010. A late season surge is still possible, the National Snow & Ice Data Center noted, adding that it will post a detailed analysis of Arctic winter sea ice conditions in late April.

Coral bleaching off the coast of Thailand

Climate Change, El Niño Prolong Coral Die-off

The news earlier this month of a record low Arctic sea ice in January, combined with the hottest January on record and four separate studies corroborating accelerating sea level rise is only some of the recent news pointing to a rapidly changing global climate. In a press statement released today by the American Geophysical Union, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report…

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