Ocean

Without global action, the world’s smallest porpoise could go extinct by 2018

Date: May 15, 2017 With an estimated 30 or fewer remaining individuals, the vaquita are the focus of WWF’s new report calling for immediate, collective action to save the species from extinction. Fondly known as the “panda of the sea” for its distinctive markings, the vaquita is endemic to the Upper Gulf of California. Unsustainable fishing and illegal wildlife trafficking, ...

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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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NASA analyzed powerful Tropical Cyclone Donna’s extreme rainfall

NASA analyzed powerful Tropical Cyclone Donna’s extreme rainfall

Loading video… VIDEO: This map of rainfall shows the estimated total rainfall generated by Tropical Cyclone Donna from May 2 through early May 10, 2017. Extreme rainfall accumulation estimates (purple) were greater than… view more  Tropical Cyclone Donna was one of the most powerful out-of-season tropical cyclones ever recorded in the southern hemisphere and generated extreme amounts of rainfall along its ...

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NASA caught Tropical Storm Adrian quickly losing steam

IMAGE: On May 10 NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite captured this visible image of Tropical Cyclone Adrian in the Eastern Pacific. view more  The first tropical storm of the Eastern Pacific Ocean season was already losing steam when the Suomi NPP satellite passed overhead the day it formed. By the next day, May 11, Tropical Storm Adrian weakened to a remnant low ...

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Bacteria living in marine sponge produce toxic compounds found in man-made products

IMAGE: Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientists study marine sponges in the waters off Guam. view more  Credit: Jason Biggs Researchers have discovered for the first time that a common marine sponge hosts bacteria that specialize in the production of toxic compounds nearly identical to man-made fire retardants, a finding that could help scientists better understand the human health implications of these ...

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Tropical Cyclone Ella wrapped in NASA imagery

IMAGE: On May 11 at 0136 UTC (May 10 at 9:36 p.m. EDT) NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite captured this visible image of Tropical Cyclone Ella in the South Pacific…. view more  Tropical Cyclone Ella has large bands of thunderstorms wrapping around the center and from the east of center in imagery from the NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP satellite. On May 11 at ...

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Who swims where?

IMAGE: The Web app enables the comparison between maps drawn from both extensive databases for the global distribution of sea animals as seen here by the example of the Atlantic white-sided… view more  Credit: Source: http://ohi-science. nceas. ucsb. edu/ plos_marine_rangemaps An international research team has compared global distribution maps of marine species and has developed recommendations for how to further improve ...

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The vaquita: 5 Facts about the most endangered marine mammal

Date: May 09, 2017 Save the vaquita Together, we can protect the Gulf of California World Heritage site, home to the critically endangered vaquita. There may be fewer than 30 vaquita left in the world and we can save them. But, we must ask the Mexican president to take strong action now. Take Action h 1. How many vaquitas are ...

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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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