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Seafloor Marine Life Face Major Threat from Climate

Seafloor Marine Life Face Major Threat from Climate

Creatures which live deep beneath the ocean surface are likely to be badly hit by climate change over the next century, a new study says. The study, by an international research team from the UK, Canada, Australia and France, is the first to quantify future losses in deep-sea marine life, using advanced climate models. The researchers say their re… Read More

The Front Lines of Climate Change: Charleston’s Struggle

The Front Lines of Climate Change: Charleston’s Struggle

Charleston is also among the East Coast’s most vulnerable metropolitan areas to rising seas and a changing climate, which may threaten nearly $150 billion of infrastructure along the South Carolina coast. In the past century, the Atlantic has risen more than a foot along the coast near here and could rise an additional 5 feet by 2100.… Read More

Shellfish Face Uncertainty as Oceans Become Warmer

Shellfish Face Uncertainty as Oceans Become Warmer

If you like the occasional plate of grilled scallops or fancy an oyster now and then, read on and ponder. The health of several species of European shellfish is under threat. The bad news is that the shellfish face an uncertain future as the oceans become warmer and more acidic because of the changing climate. But there is some better news too: th… Read More

Natural Defenses Can Best Protect Coasts Says Study

Natural Defenses Can Best Protect Coasts Says Study

It isn’t just the catastrophic storms and tropical cyclones that threaten disaster for the world’s coastal cities. Simple, insidious things like sea level rise, coastal subsidence and the loss of wetlands could bring the sea water coursing through city streets in the decades to come. Jonathan Woodruff of the University of Massachusetts Amherst in … Read More

Rich Marine Life in Antarctic Fjord Is Puzzling Scientists

Rich Marine Life in Antarctic Fjord Is Puzzling Scientists

– Arctic fjords are poor places, low in marine life and muddied by glacial melt water. In the southern ocean, where everything is upside down, it’s a different story. Scientists from the University of Hawaii report that they found unexpected riches deep in the fjords of the Antarctic Peninsula. The Peninsula is one of the fastest-warming places on… Read More

Giant ‘Battery’ Can Store Renewable Energy

Giant ‘Battery’ Can Store Renewable Energy

Norwegian hydropower schemes linked to Europe’s large wind farm projects could successfully act as a backup when wind power fails to deliver enough energy, according to SINTEF, the largest independent Scandinavian research organization. With both on- and off-shore wind power being seen as key to reducing the EU’s carbon emissions by 80-95% by 2050… Read More

Tree Find Confirms Alps Warming at Twice Global Rate

Tree Find Confirms Alps Warming at Twice Global Rate

It was only a single, withered conifer needle, but it told a dramatic story of climate change. Glaciologists found it in a set of ice cores drilled through a glacier on top of Mount Ortles, in the Italian Alps. It lay about 80 meters (262 feet) below the glacial surface, encased in solid ice, and carbon dating confirmed that it had blown from the… Read More

Still Uncertain: Climate Change’s Role in Drought

Still Uncertain: Climate Change’s Role in Drought

A new analysis from the National Center for Atmospheric Research says there are still many uncertainties about how climate change is affecting drought globally.… Read More