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It's always a challenge to find good news on the climate and environment beat. And we all desperately need a little more of the upbeat stuff right now.

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Ocean heat waves are directly linked to climate change

Six years ago, a huge part of the Pacific Ocean near North America quickly warmed, reaching temperatures more than 5 degrees Fahrenheit above normal. Nicknamed "the blob," it persisted for two years, with devastating impacts on marine life, including sea lions and salmon.


A French town is using human hair to clean oil pollution from the ocean

Citizens from the French town of Brignoles have accumulated 40 tons of hair in a warehouse, sent from salons far and wide. They plan to stuff nylon stockings with it in order to make floating tubes, which they will place near harbors to clean up ocean oil pollution.


Tropical cyclones suppress rainfall in their wakes

As these tempests move over the ocean, they suppress cloud coverage and rainfall in their wakes, new research has revealed. Such changes, which might become more pronounced with climate change, could affect navigation and fishing, researchers have suggested.

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Deep-ocean oxygen may increase with climate change

A millennial-scale ocean simulation indicates that oxygen gains in the deep ocean may offset oxygen losses in the upper water layer under a protracted climate change scenario.

Atlantic ocean plastic more than 10 times previous estimates

More than 10 times as much plastic has been found in the Atlantic ocean than previously estimated to be there, showing the the world's plastic problem is likely to be much greater than realised.


Warming Greenland ice sheet passes point of no return

Nearly 40 years of satellite data from Greenland shows that glaciers on the island have shrunk so much that even if global warming were to stop today, the ice sheet would continue shrinking.
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Tropical Storm Josephine forms in Atlantic ahead of an uptick in storm activity

Tropical Storm Josephine formed in the Atlantic on Thursday morning, becoming the earliest J-named storm on record and marking the 10th named storm in a season that's already been brimming with activity.


Marine heatwaves may force fish to flee huge distances: Study

Fish and other marine life may have to flee thousands of kilometers to escape damaging heatwaves, according to research published Wednesday, highlighting the scale of disruption caused by these increasing surges in ocean temperatures.


Poseidon’s Huntington Beach desalination plant still in choppy waters

The company still cannot definitively say who will buy the 50 million gallons a day of drinking water it wants to produce on the Orange County coast.


Researchers warn a warming ocean threatens giant kelp forests

Giant Kelp have survived off the Southern California coast for hundreds of years, but the iconic plant may be in trouble as the ocean warms.

Pandemic pollution wreaking havoc on San Diego County beaches

Beaches in San Diego County and other parts of California are suffering the effects of the pandemic, as visitors have left behind a steady stream of trash, including disposable face masks, plastic takeout containers and other items, according to environmental groups that collect and track beach pollution.

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Understanding alkalinity to quantify ocean buffering

Ocean alkalinity plays a major role in ocean’s carbon uptake, in buffering, and in calcium carbonate production and dissolution, and it impacts and is affected by various biogeochemical processes.

Will AI save us from ourselves?

Humans are wired to deal with immediate threats like that what's that moving in the bushes. However, for long-term threats like climate change, people suffer from cognitive biases that often make us discount the extent of the threat or turn us into bystanders as we wait for someone else to deal with the problem.

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