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Rethinking well-being and sustainability measurements from local to global scales

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 13:20:11 EDT ~ A new study suggests that standard ways of measuring well-being and sustainability in communities used by global organizations may be missing critical information and could lead to missteps in management actions. The article suggests alternative and complementary approaches that use indicators grounded in the values of a particular community. Find out more...

US ocean observation critical to understanding climate change, but lacks long-term national planning

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:57:58 EDT ~ Ocean observing systems are important as they provide information essential for monitoring and forecasting changes in Earth's climate on timescales ranging from days to centuries. A new report finds that continuity of ocean observations is vital to gain an accurate understanding of the climate, and calls for a decadal, national plan that is adequately resourced and implemented to ensure critical ocean information is available to understand and predict future changes. Find out more...

Warming seas could lead to 70 percent increase in hurricane-related financial loss

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:18:03 EDT ~ Hurricane-related financial loss could increase more than 70 percent by 2100 if oceans warm at the worst-case-scenario rate predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, according to a new study. The study used a combination of hurricane modeling and information in FEMA's HAZUS database to reach its conclusions. Find out more...

Scientists begin bold conservation effort to save the vaquita porpoise from extinction

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 10:37:04 EDT ~ An international team of experts has gathered in San Felipe, Mexico at the request of the Mexican government (SEMARNAT)and has begun a bold, compassionate plan known as VaquitaCPR to save the endangered vaquita porpoise from extinction. Find out more...

Risk of tsunamis in Mediterranean Sea has been overstated, say experts

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 14:48:44 EDT ~ A review of geological evidence for tsunamis during the past 4500 years in the Mediterranean Sea has revealed that as many as 90 per cent of these inundation events may have been misinterpreted by scientists and were due to storm activity instead. Find out more...

Huge energy potential in open ocean wind farms in the North Atlantic

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 15:49:49 EDT ~ Because wind speeds are higher on average over ocean than over land, wind turbines in the open ocean could in theory intercept more than five times as much energy as wind turbines over land. This presents an enticing opportunity for generating renewable energy through wind turbines. But it was unknown whether the faster ocean winds could actually be converted to increased amounts of electricity. Find out more...

In warmer climates, Greenlandic deltas have grown

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 13:35:54 EDT ~ Unlike most other deltas worldwide, Greenland's are growing -- a trend with major consequences for both fishing and tourism. Find out more...

Albatross feces show diet of fishery discards

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 12:04:53 EDT ~ The first-ever analysis of fish DNA in albatross scat indicates a high level of interaction between seabirds and commercial fisheries. This non-invasive method could be used to assess whether fisheries are complying with discard policies. Extending the analysis to other marine predators could help monitor marine biodiversity and broader marine ecosystem changes. Find out more...

New source of radioactivity from Fukushima disaster

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 16:12:51 EDT ~ Scientists have found a previously unsuspected place where radioactive material from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant disaster has accumulated -- in sands and brackish groundwater beneath beaches up to 60 miles away. The sands took up and retained radioactive cesium originating from the disaster in 2011 and have been slowly releasing it back to the ocean. Find out more...

Most Americans want the government to combat climate change, some willing to pay a high amount

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 14:49:06 EDT ~ Sixty-one percent of Americans think climate change is a problem that the government needs to address, including 43 percent of Republicans and 80 percent of Democrats, according to a new survey. Find out more...