Sea level rise

Rising seas could be turning Jersey’s coastal cedars into ghost forests.

Advertisment [embedded content] Jennifer Walker picked her way through the swamp, avoiding the muck while ducking under branches and climbing over felled trees. To her left loomed one of the large “ghost forests” of the Jersey coastal plain: dead Atlantic white cedar trees, standing pale and bare at the edge of salt marshes. Scientists such as Walker, a 25-year-old doctoral candidate ...

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New Jersey has many stressed drinking water supplies.

CLOSE Some watershed areas in New Jersey are already under stress and many more, including Bergen County, could be soon as demand outstrips supply, a new state water plan concludes. Wochit The state released a draft of its newly updated Water Master Plan in May of 2017.(Photo: NJ Department of Environmental Protection) Residents in parts of New Jersey use tens ...

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Ocean oxygen decline greater than predicted.

Circulation changes caused by warming waters and melting polar ice are the most probable explanations for the rapidly falling levels of oxygen in the ocean. LONDON, 10 May, 2017 – US scientists who have been warning that warmer oceans are more likely to be poorer in dissolved oxygen have now sounded the alarm: ocean oxygen levels are indeed falling, and ...

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Arctic sea ice keeps scraping the bottom of the barrel.

The astounding transformation of the Arctic before our very eyes continues. Yet another month has passed with record low sea ice. This April merely tied April 2016 for the lowest extent on record, but it’s hardly reason to celebrate. The Arctic was missing 394,000 square miles of ice, with each day setting a record low or within 36,000 square miles ...

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Uh oh: The rift that’s about to cleave off a massive Antarctic iceberg has a sibling.

Uh oh: The rift that’s about to cleave off a massive Antarctic iceberg has a sibling.

Rift in the Larsen C Ice Shelf as seen from a NASA aircraft on Nov. 10, 2016.Image: nasa/John Sonntag By Andrew Freedman2017-05-02 22:14:41 UTC Scientists keeping close watch on the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica have noticed something new: The rift, which has been opening across the shelf for some time, now has a sibling.  Using a highly-sensitive European ...

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Sea level rise is on the rise.

Global sea level is rising faster now than it was in the 1990s, according to a mammoth analysis of 26 different data sets, published last month in Geophysical Research Letters. The study uses a ‘sea level budget’ approach, which places the mass of the oceans in the context of the entire hydrological cycle. The amount of water on Earth is ...

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The Larsen C ice shelf crack just sprouted a new branch.

Winter has descended on Antarctica. Even as cold and darkness blankets the bottom of the world, the region’s most watched ice shelf is is continuing its epic breakdown. A crack started spreading across the Larsen C ice shelf in 2010, reaching 100 miles in length in February. Researchers with Project MIDAS, a British group monitoring the ice shelf, have spotted ...

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PHOTOS: Poisoning the river of grass.

Construction of a new natural gas project in Florida, the Sabal Trail pipeline, is nearing completion as the Trump administration threatens to eliminate federal Everglades restoration and water protection programs. The pipeline will transfer natural gas from a pipeline hub in Alabama to a hub in Central Florida. From there another pipeline, the Southeast Connection, scheduled to finish construction in ...

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Gentrification fears grow as high ground becomes hot property.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration visualization maps show what rising sea levels will mean at a granular level. Areas that are hydrologically connected are shown in shades of blue, and the darker the blue, the greater the water depth. Low-lying areas, displayed in green, are hydrologically “unconnected” areas that may flood. Map courtesy of NOAA. MIAMI — One of the ...

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Radical idea could restore ice in the Arctic Ocean.

GOING, GOING… Warmer conditions in the Arctic are melting sea ice (as seen here near Barrow, Alaska). Now is the time to develop ways to save the ice, a scientist argues. Leave it to a researcher who studies icy moons in the outer solar system to come up with an out-there scheme to restore vanishing sea ice in the Arctic. ...

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