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Environment Aug 03, 2020

A surprising range of climate events may be predictable years in advance

An increase in the likelihood of a "Greenland Block"—a bulge of high pressure that stalls over the massive island and can cause extreme weather both in North America and Europe—could be predictable years in advance.

Environment Jul 30, 2020

New study confirms extensive gas leaks in the North Sea

During expeditions to oil and gas reservoirs in the central North Sea in 2012 and 2013, scientists of the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (Germany) became aware of a phenomenon that had been hardly recognized ...

Environment Jul 17, 2020

Climate change could make toxic algal blooms in our oceans more deadly

Late spring and early summer in California bring thousands of marine mammals to the state's beaches, as groups of California sea lions, elephant seals and harbor seals give birth along the shore. Visitors to places such as ...

Environment Jul 15, 2020

With no work in lockdown, tour operators helped find coral bleaching on Western Australia's remote reefs

Significant coral bleaching at one of Western Australia's healthiest coral reefs was found during a survey carried out in April and May.

Earth Sciences Jul 14, 2020

Evolution after Chicxulub asteroid impact: Rapid response of life to end-cretaceous mass

The impact event that formed the Chicxulub crater (Yucatán Peninsula, México) caused the extinction of 75% of species on Earth 66 million years ago, including non-avian dinosaurs. One place that did not experience much ...

Environment Jul 09, 2020

Ocean acidification and human health

While ocean acidification was initially perceived as a threat only to the marine realm, the authors of a new publication argue that it is also an emerging human health issue.

Ecology Jul 09, 2020

Discovery opens up new path in study of marine evolution and biodiversity

New UCLA research indicates that an evolutionary phenomenon never before observed among marine life could help explain why there is such immense biodiversity in the world's coral reefs and the ocean beyond.

Ecology Jul 07, 2020

Nutrients in microalgae: An environmentally friendly alternative to fish

Microalgae could provide an alternative source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids for humans while also being more environmentally friendly to produce than popular fish species. This is the result of a new study by scientists ...

Environment Jul 07, 2020

Microplastic pollution harms lobster larvae, study finds

Microplastic fiber pollution in the ocean impacts larval lobsters at each stage of their development, according to new research. A study published in the Marine Pollution Bulletin reports that the fibers affect the animals' ...

Plants & Animals Jun 30, 2020

Microscope allows gentle, continuous imaging of light-sensitive corals

Corals are "part animal, part plant, and part rock—and difficult to figure out, despite being studied for centuries," says Philippe Laissue of University of Essex, a Whitman Scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory. ...

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