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Climate Change and Marine Animals: A Conservation Challenge

6/11/2023 - By Climate-driven changes such as higher ocean temperatures and extreme weather events are affecting the health of marine animals—and their ability to survive. Marine animals—like whales, dolphins, seals, and sea turtles—depend on a functioning ocean ecosystem for their survival. They are also important indicators of overall ocean health. NOAA… SEE MORE
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Ocean Acidification Warming will Slow Sea Scallop Growth

6/2/2023 - By A new study published in the journal PLOS Climate indicates that ocean acidification conditions projected between now and 2100 depress the growth of juvenile Atlantic sea scallops. Ocean acidification is caused by the ocean absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, resulting in chemical changes that increase acidity. Ocean warming may further hinder growth. Atlantic… SEE MORE
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Planes, Shipping Lanes, and Automobiles

5/20/2023 - By Alan Buis NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory The effects of global climate change are broad and impact everyone, as well as Earth’s natural systems. Much has been written about the major impacts of climate change. Effects such as rising global surface temperatures, higher sea levels, longer and more intense heat… SEE MORE
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Buying crucial time in climate change fight

4/8/2023 - By Alvin Powell Harvard Staff Writer. MethaneSAT satellite will spot global sources of methane emissions, which in many cases can be halted with relatively simple fixes For Steven Wofsy, the satellite is worth sticking around for. Wofsy, an atmospheric scientist who spent decades investigating climate change, could be enjoying retired life… SEE MORE
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Banking on the Seaweed Rush

3/28/2023 - By Seaweed farmers promise to feed us, combat climate change, support coastal communities, provide wildlife habitat, and more. Can seaweed do it all? Offshore from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, a team hauls up a line laden with meter-long fronds of sugar kelp (Saccharina latissima), a floppy, brown seaweed with… SEE MORE
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How Will Changes in Habitat Affect Fish in and Near the Chesapeake Bay?

3/14/2023 - By NOAA-funded research has explored how different species, including the commercially important summer flounder and black sea bass, may change their habitat use due to climate change. In the Mid-Atlantic Bight—the coastal and estuarine waters from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina—water temperature is increasing at twice… SEE MORE