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2012-04-03 08:40:22

Corals may be better placed to cope with the gradual acidification of the world´s oceans than previously thought — giving rise to hopes that coral reefs might escape climatic devastation. In new research published in the journal Nature Climate Change, an international scientific team has identified a powerful internal mechanism that could enable some corals and their symbiotic algae to counter the adverse impact of a more acidic ocean. As humans release ever-larger amounts of...

2012-04-02 11:18:43

A team of international scientists working in the central Pacific have discovered that coral which has survived heat stress in the past is more likely to survive it in the future. The study, published today in the journal PLoS ONE, paves the way towards an important road map on the impacts of ocean warming, and will help scientists identify the habitats and locations where coral reefs are more likely to adapt to climate change. "We're starting to identify the types of reef environments...

2012-03-28 00:49:59

The two-and-a-half-year TARA OCEANS expedition finishes on 31 March when the ship and crew reach Lorient, France. The arrival completes a journey of 60 000 miles across all the world´s major oceans to sample and investigate microorganisms in the largest ecosystem on the planet, reports Eric Karsenti in an editorial published today in Molecular Systems Biology. “Life and evolution started in the oceans, yet we know very little about the distribution of marine biodiversity,”...

2012-03-26 23:01:24

RoadFish.com men´s lifestyle and finance magazine congratulates James Cameron on his solo dive to the deepest depths of the ocean, the first time in history such a feat has been accomplished New York, NY (PRWEB) March 26, 2012 RoadFish.com men´s lifestyle and finance magazine today praised Hollywood director James Cameron for his latest undertaking: not a top-grossing film, but a solo dive into the 7-mile deep Mariana Trench. Cameron is only the third human being ever to reach...

Marine Protected Areas Prove To Be Vital Aspect Of Green Turtle Sustainability
2012-03-21 05:08:51

Ryan Parson for RedOrbit.com Some sea turtles appear to be reaping the benefits of government designated areas of bodies of water, known as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). A recent study published in the journal Global Ecology and Biogeography suggests that the MPAs are playing a key role in the support and nourishment of the Green turtle. According to the National Marine Fisheries Service, all six species of sea turtles that inhabit US waters are currently listed under the Endangered...

2012-03-07 12:28:48

Researchers discover unknown species at juncture where hot and cold habitats collide Among the many intriguing aspects of the deep sea, Earth's largest ecosystem, exist environments known as hydrothermal vent systems where hot water surges out from the seafloor. On the flipside the deep sea also features cold areas where methane rises from "seeps" on the ocean bottom. It's extremely rare to find both habitat types intersecting in one place, but that's what researchers found and explored...

2012-02-23 13:22:28

More than 300 eminent scientists from 21 other countries around the world today urged the Australian Federal Government to create the world´s largest no-take marine reserve in the Coral Sea. “Marine reserves are an important tool for managing and restoring ecosystems. They protect brood stocks for sustainable fisheries and rebuild distorted foodwebs. We know how well they work because of the differences that we observe again and again between different marine zones under...

2012-02-02 22:57:31

First-of-its kind study of extreme temperature shock reveals complexities of climate-induced threats Around the world coral reefs are facing threats brought by climate change and dramatic shifts in sea temperatures. While ocean warming has been the primary focus for scientists and ocean policy managers, cold events can also cause large-scale coral bleaching events. A new study by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego compared damage to corals exposed to heat as...

Scientists Have Questions Concerning Jellyfish Blooms
2012-02-02 06:01:43

Scientists are questioning whether jellyfish blooms are real or just perceived by media hype. The report, which appears in the journal BioScience, questions the validity of increased jellyfish populations being reported around the world. The report was issued by the Global Jellyfish Group, which is a consortium of around 30 experts on gelatinous organisms, climatology, oceanography, and socioeconomics from around the globe. Rob Condon, who led the study, says “Clearly, there are...

2012-01-26 06:00:00

Damanaki to Release European Commission Deep-Sea Access Regime Proposal BRUSSELS, Jan. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pew Environment Group today encouraged the European Commission to implement significant reforms to EU deep-sea fishing regulations. The Commission is preparing to release its deep-sea access regime proposal before the end of the first quarter of 2012. In a new policy analysis, "Out of the Abyss: Transforming EU Rules to Protect the Deep Sea," which...