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Plastic microfibers found for first time in wild animals' stool, from S. A. fur seals

Fri, 09 Nov 2018 18:57:23 EST ~ For the first time, plastic microfibers have been discovered in wild animals' stool, from South American fur seals. The findings were made by scientists who suggest examining scat from pinnipeds can be an efficient way to monitor environmental levels of microfibers and microplastics in the environment. Find out more...

Beaches at risk due to the increase in atmospheric CO2

Fri, 09 Nov 2018 10:14:35 EST ~ Scientists have carried out the first scientific research on the ripple effects linking atmospheric emissions, sea acidification, and coastal erosion. The Mediterranean case study: a possible 31 percent decrease in sediment by 2100. Find out more...

Study tracks severe bleaching events on a Pacific coral reef over past century

Thu, 08 Nov 2018 16:43:18 EST ~ A new study has uncovered the history of bleaching on a reef in the epicenter of El Nino, revealing how some corals have been able to return after facing extreme conditions. Find out more...

Warming waters caused rapid -- and opposite -- shifts in connected marine communities

Thu, 08 Nov 2018 14:24:26 EST ~ Two connected marine ecosystems -- the Eastern English Channel and Southern North Sea -- experienced big and opposite changes in their fish communities over a 30-year period. Rapid warming drove smaller ocean fishes to shift abruptly northward from one ecosystem to the other. Find out more...

What could cause the Mississippi Bight to become hypoxic?

Thu, 08 Nov 2018 13:41:50 EST ~ A recent article explores aspects of the environmental conditions that can potentially lead to hypoxia in the Mississippi Bight region of the northern Gulf of Mexico. This area extends from Apalachicola in Florida to the Mississippi River Delta. Find out more...

Marine Protected Areas overlook a large fraction of biodiversity hotspots

Thu, 08 Nov 2018 09:13:20 EST ~ Around 75 percent of marine biodiversity in Finnish waters is left unprotected, reveals a performance assessment of the country's current Marine Protected Area network. Increasing protection by just 1 percent in the most biodiverse areas could double conservation of the most important species. In addition to identifying areas of high conservation value, the methodology can also be used in ecosystem-based marine spatial planning and impact avoidance, including siting of wind energy, aquaculture and other human activities. Find out more...

One million years of precipitation history of the monsoon reconstructed

Thu, 08 Nov 2018 09:13:10 EST ~ With its wind and precipitation patterns, the South Asian Monsoon influences the lives of several billion people. Recent studies indicate that its drivers are more complex than previously assumed. Scientists have now published a reconstruction of precipitation over the eastern Indian Ocean over the past one million years. It points to connections with controlling processes in the southern hemisphere that have received little attention so far. Find out more...

Microbiome implicated in sea star wasting disease

Wed, 07 Nov 2018 13:02:55 EST ~ A first-of-its-kind study shows that the sea star microbiome is critically important to the progression of the wasting disease that is killing these animals from Mexico to Alaska -- and that an imbalance of microbes might be the culprit. Find out more...

After a bad winter in the ocean, female Magellanic penguins suffer most, study shows

Wed, 07 Nov 2018 13:02:53 EST ~ Research is showing how Magellanic penguins fare during the winter months when they spend months at sea feeding. They have discovered that oceanographic features are more likely to negatively impact the body conditions of Magellanic penguin females, but not males, when the penguins return to their nesting grounds in spring. Find out more...

Modern slavery promotes overfishing

Wed, 07 Nov 2018 09:38:07 EST ~ Labour abuses, including modern slavery, are 'hidden subsidies' that allow distant-water fishing fleets to remain profitable and promote overfishing. Find out more...