Oceans have lost 2% of oxygen since 1960, study says

Feb 16, 2017

Oceans have lost 2% of oxygen since 1960, study says

The world’s oceans have lost more than 2 percent of their oxygen since 1960, with potentially devastating consequences for sea plants and animals, marine scientists said Wednesday. In those 5½ decades, parts of the oceans devoid of oxygen, called anoxic waters, have quadrupled, said ...

Feb 2, 2017

Mexico's vaquita porpoise close to extinction

Mexico’s vaquita marina is edging closer to extinction as scientists warned Wednesday that only 30 were left despite navy efforts to intercept illegal fishing nets killing the world’s smallest porpoise. “The already desperate situation has worsened, despite existing conservation measures and current enforcement efforts,” ...

Jan 22, 2017

Massive Antarctic ice shelf ready to break apart

A chunk of ice half the size of Jamaica which is breaking away from West Antarctica is now attached to its parent ice shelf just by a thread, scientists reported Friday. Covering 5,000 square kilometers (1,900 square miles) and nearly 100 stories deep, the ...

Study of past warming signals major sea level rise ahead

Jan 20, 2017

Study of past warming signals major sea level rise ahead

Scientists who study patterns of natural shifts in the Earth’s climate said Thursday they have uncovered a “worrisome” signal that major sea level rise could be on the way. The findings in the journal Science show that ocean surface temperatures during the Earth’s last ...

Massive Antarctic ice block set to break off

Jan 7, 2017

Massive Antarctic ice block set to break off

A massive ice block nearly 100 times the area of Manhattan is poised to break off Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf, scientists reported Friday. A slow-progressing rift suddenly grew by 18 kilometers (11 miles) at the end of December, leaving the finger-shaped chunk — ...

Scientists disprove global warming took a break

Jan 5, 2017

Scientists disprove global warming took a break

A reported pause in global warming between 1998 and 2014 was false, according to U.S.-British research published Wednesday that confirmed a disputed U.S. study on ocean warming. Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of York in England corroborated the results ...

Dec 25, 2016

French farmers turn to electronic 'spy' oysters for help

Electronic spies come in all shapes and sizes, but none is as funny looking as an oyster impersonator called the Flex Spy now infiltrating the waters off western France. Looking for all the world like the bivalves it is protecting, the plastic imposter is ...

Undersea mystery: Genetic secrets of the seahorse unveiled

Dec 15, 2016

Undersea mystery: Genetic secrets of the seahorse unveiled

Scientists have unlocked some of the genetic secrets of the weird and wondrous seahorse, including its exotic eccentricity of male pregnancy. Researchers said on Wednesday they sequenced the genome of a seahorse species for the first time and identified the genetic underpinning for certain ...

Dec 8, 2016

Greenland's ice-free past exposes sea level rise danger

The massive Greenland ice sheet has melted away at least once during the last 1.4 million years, according to a study published on Wednesday, raising fears that man-made climate change could provoke dangerous sea levels. Bedrock samples retrieved through more than three kilometers (two ...