Climate change pushed ocean temperatures to record high in 2020, study finds

Climate change saw the world's oceans absorb 20 zettajoules of heat in 2020, driving seas to record temperatures and setting the scene for decades of savage weather and environmental devastation.
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Ocean acidification affecting California mussels

A UC San Diego researcher says an increasingly acidic ocean is having an impact on shellfish that live in the nearshore environment.

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Janis Searles Jones: Zero carbon shipping is a Biden-Harris win for the taking

The ocean is a powerful source of solutions that can help us reduce national and global emissions to tackle climate change.

New Washington whale watching rules to take effect in 2021

New regulations for whale watching in Washington waters will take effect in 2021 in an effort to protect endangered orcas, according to the state Fish and Wildlife Commission.

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Arctic warming cascades through ocean and over land, U.S. report says

The Arctic region has had its second-warmest year since 1900, continuing a pattern of extreme heat, ice melt and environmental transformation at the top of the world, scientists report.


San Diego coastal marshes may become important tools to battle climate change

The plants in the salt marsh grow fast, sucking a lot of carbon dioxide out of the air and some of that carbon gets trapped as plants die and new ones grow over them. It makes the wetlands a carbon sink, as some researchers call it.


Charleston weighs wall as seas rise and storms strengthen

Charleston is considering its most drastic measure yet to protect the lives and livelihoods of residents from the threats of climate-driven flooding: walling off its peninsula from the ocean.


Ocean health: Study looks at the plastic problem

A just-released study from the marine conservation group Oceana reports that over 90% of the 1,800 marine animals it studied had eaten plastic, which can lead to pain, starvation, and death.


Why seagrass could be the ocean's secret weapon against climate change

A vast, mostly invisible ecosystem crucial to our life on Earth is in trouble, but efforts to save the 'prairies of the sea' are finally coming into focus.


NASA: Sea levels are rising at an accelerating rate

As our planet warms, sea levels are rising around the world – and are doing so at an accelerating rate. Currently, global sea level is rising about an eighth of an inch every year.


How the waters off Catalina became a DDT dumping ground

Decades ago, the Los Angeles coast was a dumping ground for thousands of barrels of acid sludge laced with the toxic pesticide DDT. The ocean buried the evidence for generations. No one could see it — until now.


Japan dumping nuclear waste water into ocean sparks global outrage

The Japanese government is about to announce the dumping of more than 1 million tons of radioactive water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the sea. This is an official decision that could come by the end of October, according to Japanese media reports.


Temperatures of deepest ocean rising quicker than previously thought

Even the pitch black, nearly freezing waters at the bottom of the ocean – far from where humans live and burn fossil fuels – are slowly warming, according to a study of a decade of hourly measurements.

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