In the past 50 years, the amount of water in the open ocean with zero oxygen has gone up more than fourfold. In coastal water bodies, including estuaries and seas, low-oxygen sites have increased more than 10-fold since 1950. Scientists expect oxygen to continue dropping even outside these zones as Earth warms.
To halt the decline, the world needs to rein in both climate change and nutrient pollution, an international … [more…]
When it comes to sea-level rise, Miami is usually deemed ground zero. Time-lapse maps depict the creeping rise of blue, ultimately inundating South Florida and other coastal regions.
You don’t have to go to climate-apocalypse movies like the Day After Tomorrow to see flooding of a major American city. It’s a reality as South Florida residents become familiar with wading down the street through high waters or kayaking around their
The Center for Biological Diversity filed on Thursday a formal notice of intent to sue the Trump administration for allowing oil companies to dump waste from fracking and drilling into the Gulf of Mexico without evaluating the dangers to sea turtles, whales or other imperiled marine life.
In September the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA ) finalized a Clean Water Act permit for new and existing offshore oil and … [more…]
Jellyfish sting swimmers, clog fishing nets, and in high numbers can close beaches. But despite their nuisance to humans, they play an important role in the marine ecosystem – including in the Chesapeake Bay, where they protect commercially valuable Eastern oysters from predators.
Scientists recently discovered that some jellyfish in the Bay are quite different from their ocean cousins. This led scientists from NOAA and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum … [more…]
It’s a simple choice, really. Do we want our National Marine Sanctuaries to be used for recreation, education, fishing and ecological protection? Or do we want to hand these ocean gems over the oil and gas industry so they can expand offshore drilling off our coasts? For the past six months, the federal administration has been studying this very question.
Following the Trump administration’s Executive Order: The America First Energy … [more…]