Horseshoe crab blood is key to making a COVID-19 vaccine—but the ecosystem may suffer

Conservationists worry the animals, which are vital food sources for many species along the U.S. East Coast, will decline in number.
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Climate change will make world too hot for 60 percent of fish species

Fish are at a far greater risk from climate change than previously thought, as researchers have shown that embryos and spawning adults are more susceptible to warming oceans.

Why Earth has a stubborn cold spot that's cooling

Earth is relentlessly heating. So it's strange that there's a persistent "cold blob" in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

Saharan dust plumes are a crucial part of Earth's biology and climate

The Saharan dust plume is a supersized version of ones that cross the Atlantic all the time, ferrying particles that irritate lungs but also fertilize plant and ocean life.

Adélie penguins could thrive as result of sea ice melting

Adélie penguin populations could boom in coming years, according to research revealing the small birds find it easier to forage when sea ice is sparse around continental Antarctica.

Seasteading – a vanity project for the rich or the future of humanity?

Beloved by Silicon Valley tycoons and tyranny-fearing libertarians, are cities atop the waves Earth’s next frontier?

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell: ‘We can use the ocean to fight climate change’

This majestic resource is key to our survival, providing most of the oxygen we breathe and much of the food we eat. It is home to rich coastal marine ecosystems that protect our communities from natural disasters. We must protect it.

Plastic superhighway: The awful truth of our hidden ocean waste

The average person swallows a credit-card-sized amount of plastic each week.


Pandemic offers scientists chance to ‘hear’ oceans without man-made noise

Last month, scientists cobbled together an array of 130 underwater hydrophone listening stations around the world to learn how marine animals are doing.

​As the nation reels, Trump Administration continues environmental policy rollbacks

There's a whirlwind of distressing news these days. Rage over racism; fretting over finance; and coronavirus may just be getting its boots on. It's all a perfect time to unleash some quiet mayhem on the environment.

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Climate change to make extreme waves more frequent

Over the next 80 years, a warming planet will cause stronger storm winds, triggering larger and more frequent extreme waves, according to new research.

Interior to push drilling in Florida waters after November election

Former Secretary Ryan Zinke backed away from Florida drilling after howls from state leaders.

Sea-level rise likely to swallow many coastal mangrove forests

Large swathes of tropical mangroves could vanish by 2050, according to new research.

Plastic pollution is booming from coronavirus and will get worse after the pandemic

China is the top source of plastic bottles, bags and other rubbish clogging up global sea lanes, according to the latest country-wise data available.

Risk of €264m in climate change damage to Clare properties by 2050

Clare properties in both the residential and commercial industry could potentially be hit with large scale flooding and coastal erosion by 2050, incurring damages of up to €264 million.
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