Study: Global 'Coastal Syndrome' Quickly Leading To Loss Of Coastal Seagrass Habitat
Cambridge, Maryland - Jun 29, 2009 20:38 EST
An international team of scientists warns that accelerating losses of seagrasses across the globe threaten the immediate health and long-term sustainability of coastal ecosystems. The team has compiled and analyzed the first comprehensive global assessment of seagrass observations and found...
NOAA Forecast Predicts Large 'Dead Zone' For Gulf Of Mexico This Summer
Washington, D.C. - Jun 19, 2009 17:38 EST
A team of NOAA-supported scientists from the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, Louisiana State University, and the University of Michigan is forecasting that the “dead zone” off the coast of Louisiana and Texas in the Gulf of Mexico this summer could...
Study: Global 'Geoengineered' Sunscreen Won't Save Corals; 'All Sorts Of Risks'
Palo Alto, California - Jun 16, 2009 19:04 EST
Emergency plans to counteract global warming by artificially shading the Earth from incoming sunlight might lower the planet's temperature a few degrees, but such "geoengineering" solutions would do little to stop the acidification of the world oceans that threatens coral...
$8 Million Aquarium Opens On Vancouver Island; 'Our Ocean Lives Here'
Sidney, British Columbia - Jun 15, 2009 21:35 EST
The vibrant underwater world of the Salish Sea, on Canada's Pacific Coast, will be revealed in the seaside town of Sidney, B.C. when the new $8-million Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre opens this
Thousands of fish, invertebrates, and marine plant life will...
Research: Fish Show Evolution Can Occur In Less Than Ten Years
Riverside, California - Jun 11, 2009 16:23 EST
How fast can evolution take place? In just a few years, according to a new study on guppies led by UC Riverside’s Swanne Gordon, a graduate student in biology.
Gordon and her colleagues studied guppies — small fresh-water fish biologists have...
Study: Caribbean Coral Comprehensively 'flattened' Over The Last 40 Years
East Anglia, U.K. - Jun 9, 2009 21:54 EST
Coral reefs throughout the Caribbean have been comprehensively 'flattened' over the last 40 years, according to a disturbing new study by the University of East Anglia (UEA).
The collapse of reef structure has serious implications for biodiversity and coastal defences –...