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Seeing Over the Horizon: Sharp Rise in Ocean Temperatures in 2013

What the recently stalled polar vortex over much of the eastern half of the United States makes clear is that we humans are, by nature, not well equipped to think globally. At least not when it comes to their physical surroundings. After all, cold is cold. So, for instance, if there is two inches of snow outside my Atlanta home…

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How We Wrecked the Oceans

Today is World Oceans Day. On World Oceans Day we should celebrate all that the oceans mean for life on Earth, it’s beauty and bounty. But tomorrow and every day thereafter  we need to work to stop and reverse the damage we have wrought upon them. Related articles The Ocean: Heart of the Planet(ecology.com)

Deep Ocean Argo Floats, New Approach Yield New Insights into Ocean Acidification

Thanks to the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration and a joint US-Canadian research team, it is now possible for marine scientists to use satellite data from five-foot-tall Argo floats that drift with deep ocean currents to remotely monitor ocean acidity (pH) and the total carbon dioxide (CO2) content of seawater to better understand changes in ocean chemistry.

State of the Oceans report sends stark warning for health of marine ecosystems

State of the Oceans Report: Sending Out An SOS

A preliminary report released today by an international panel of interdisciplinary marine scientists on behalf of the International Programme on the State of the Oceans gives a stark warning that unless the combined threats facing the world’s ocean are not curbed soon, a marine mass extinction could occur on a scale unprecedented in human history. “The findings are shocking,” said…

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UN panel discussion: Oceans: Green Our World

UN Panel Discussion on World Ocean Day

Editor note: This post originally published in Richard’s blog “The Green Market” and is republished here with his permission To mark World Oceans Day, the UN held a press briefing and a panel discussion at its Headquarters in New York on Wednesday, 8 June 2011. The subject of the briefing and panel discussion was “Our oceans: greening our future.” It…

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