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Sea-level Tools Released in Spanish

Climate Central has added Spanish language versions of their online tools Risk Finder, Risk Zone Map and Mapping Choices. These tools now provide detailed information in Spanish for U.S. coastal communities on populations, infrastructure, and property at risk from rising sea levels and coastal floods.

New Game Asks Players to Clean the Ocean of Plastic

The new game “Dumb Ways to Kill the Ocean” highlights three big issues facing the world's oceans: plastic, warming, and coral degradation.

New two minutes on oceans with Jim Toomey video launched

UN Environment has partnered with internationally acclaimed cartoonist, Jim Toomey – of Sherman’s Lagoon fame – in the production of entertaining two-minute videos intended to raise awareness of the importance of oceans and the coastal environment.

Sea Level Rise Will Threaten Thousands of California Homes

Sea-level rise threatens thousands of homes in California by 2035, especially in cities near San Francisco and Los Angeles, according to an analysis released today.

UK now exporting more waste to countries with highest levels of ocean plastic pollution

The ban on plastic exports to China has seen the UK offloading its waste to nations with questionable records on marine pollution.

The Ocean Is Getting More Acidic—What That Actually Means

Thanks to carbon emissions, the ocean is changing, and that is putting a whole host of marine organisms at risk. These scientists are on the front lines.

Tiny shrimp could influence global climate changes

Researchers find the daily migrations of brine shrimp is strong enough to mix ocean waters

New Zealand 'marine heatwave' brings tropical fish from 3,000km away

Rare tropical fish from Australia have been spotted in New Zealand waters after a record-breaking hot summer and warm ocean temperatures lured the creatures across the Tasman sea.

Invisible scum on sea cuts CO2 exchange with air 'by up to 50%'

An invisible layer of scum on the sea surface can reduce carbon dioxide exchange between the atmosphere and the oceans by up to 50%, scientists have discovered.

Antarctic ice loss has tripled in a decade. If that continues, we are in serious trouble.

Antarctica’s ice sheet is melting at a rapidly increasing rate, now pouring more than 200 billion tons of ice into the ocean annually and raising sea levels a half-millimeter every year, a team of 80 scientists reported Wednesday.

This Armada of Saildrones Could Conquer the Ocean

Engineer and adventurer Richard Jenkins has made oceangoing robots that could revolutionize fishing, drilling, and environmental science. His aim: a thousand of them.

Antarctic seals recruited to measure effects of climate change

A squad of seals living off the coast of West Antarctica has provided scientists with data that could help to improve estimates of future sea-level rise.

Weeds will take over from kelp in high CO2 oceans

Weedy plants will thrive and displace long-lived, ecologically valuable kelp forests under forecast ocean acidification, new research shows. The researchers describe how kelp forests are displaced by weedy marine plants in high carbon dioxide conditions, equivalent to those predicted for the turn of the century.

Global Fish Catch Could Plummet as Climate Change Takes Hold

Over the next two centuries, warming oceans could trap nutrients at the poles and starve out many of the world’s fisheries, according to a recent study.

Thousands to March for the Ocean and Clean Water for All

After the March for Science and Earth Day, comes the March for the Ocean on June 9, to continue the fight to stop offshore oil drilling, end plastic pollution and protect our coastlines. On World Oceans Day weekend (June 9), thousands are expected to come to DC to participate in a flotilla on the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, a march past the White House, and a rally, along with simultaneous events across the US and around the world.

‘Dead zone’ larger than Scotland found by underwater robots in Arabian sea

An underwater “dead zone” larger than the area of Scotland has been discovered by robots exploring the Arabian Sea.sScientists say the situation is “worse than feared” after finding almost no oxygen in the Gulf of Oman, the strait that connects the Arabian Sea to the Strait of Hormuz in the Middle East.

Countries With The Most Protected Lands (Percentage Of Area As Reserves)

All over the planet, countries are increasingly working to conserve the wealth and beauty of their natural resources. While some say setting aside nature reserves inhibits economic development, others vehemently contend that doing so is of great import, not only to wildlife and biodiversity, but to the future of the human race as well. Below, we take a look at those countries with the highest relative proportions of their respective land areas being set aside as terrestrial, protected, nature reserves.

These whales will be extinct in 25 years, scientists say — unless we act now to save them

Scientists say that right whales, already an endangered species, could become extinct in 25 years. There are only 450 of these whales swimming in the world’s oceans, and this past year there were no new calves born.

Global Fisheries Will Lose $10B A Year To Climate Change By 2050

Scientists at the University of British Columbia recently revealed that climate change will gut the global fishing industry by $10 billion per year within a few decades.

65 Pounds of Plastic Trash Tore This Whale Apart from the Inside

During a recent necropsy, investigators discovered nearly 65 lbs. (29 kilograms) of plastic trash crammed into the dead whale's stomach and intestines, including dozens of plastic bags, chunks of mangled rope and glass.

Future "Ocean Cities" Need Green Engineering Above and Below the Waterline

Population growth has seen skylines creep ever higher and entire cities rise from ocean depths. The latest “ocean city” is the Chinese-developed Forest City project. By 2045, four artificial islands in Malaysia will cover 14sq kilometres of ocean (an area larger than 10,000 Olympic swimming pools), and support 700,000 residents.

The world's deepest garbage dump: Carrier bag is found 36,000 feet below the surface of the Pacific, in the world's deepest ocean trench . . . and it's not alone

Plastic pollution is invading the deepest parts of the ocean, causing damage to the ecosystem that can last thousands of years. The discovery of a plastic bag 36,000 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean in the Mariana Trench is of global concern.

A 'floating fillet': Rice farmers grow bugs to replenish California's salmon

Rice paddy farmers are cultivating water fleas for salmon food near the #Sacramento River to help replenish dwindling populations of the popular fish.

With sea level rise, a major California ecosystem faces extinction if we don’t act

It is increasingly clear that climate change will touch every corner of California. For the state’s coastal marshes – a major ecosystem from San Diego to Humboldt counties – the toll may be complete annihilation.

Microplastic pollution in oceans is far worse than feared, say scientists

A study reveals highest microplastic pollution levels ever recorded in a river in Manchester, UK and shows that billions of particles flooded into the sea from rivers in the area in just one year.

Fleet of sailboat drones could monitor climate change’s effect on oceans

Sailboat drones powered by wind and sun have been collecting data in the Pacific Ocean about temperature and currents. Additionally, they collect information on wind and solar radiation. Among other findings, these data show how the ocean and air exchange gases such as carbon dioxide and oxygen which could help explain why the tropical Pacific emits carbon dioxide, rather than absorbing it like the rest of the ocean.

In a First, California Moves to Protect People from Toxic PFAS Chemicals in Carpets

Carpets and rugssare a major source of potentially toxic chemicals and can be especially harmful to children. They cover more than half of all U.S. homes and workplaces. California’s Safer Consumer Products program wants to identify sources of toxicity in consumer products and find alternatives.

Will the world come together to end ocean plastic pollution? It depends

The global community has solved significant environment problems, such as the ozone hole, but has fallen far short on others.

Why Mexico’s massive new marine reserve is a model for ocean protection

The Revillagigedo Archipelago National Park puts 57,176 square miles of the Pacific Ocean off limits to commercial fishing – and comes with funding to enforce the ban.

Scientists find surprising evidence of rapid changes in the Arctic

Scientists have found surprising evidence of rapid climate change in the Arctic: In the middle of the Arctic Ocean near the North Pole, they discovered that the levels of radium-228 have almost doubled over the last decade.

A deep dive into the year in oceans 2017

The ocean may cover more than 70 percent of the planet, but it doesn’t get covered nearly enough in the news.

Deeply Talks: Why plastic straws are key to fighting ocean pollution

Oceans Deeply talks with experts about how the city of Seattle pioneered a ban on plastic straws.

Sea level rise accelerating: acceleration in 25-year satellite sea level record

Global sea level rise is not cruising along at a steady 3 mm per year, it's accelerating a little every year, like a driver merging onto a highway, according to a powerful new assessment led by CIRES Fellow Steve Nerem.

Plastic waste 'building up' in Arctic

Plastic waste is building up in the supposedly pristine wilderness of the Norwegian Arctic, scientists say. Researchers are particularly concerned about huge concentrations of microplastic fragments in sea ice.

Mass Die-Off of Farmed Salmon Linked to Climate Change

Scientists have attributed an algal bloom that killed off $800 million worth of salmon in Chile to rising ocean temperatures, and they say other aquaculture operations around the world are at risk.

March for the Ocean Set for June 9, 2018

On Saturday June 9, 2018, World Oceans Day weekend and the beginning of the 2018 hurricane season, the March for the Ocean (M4O) campaign will mount mass marches, flotillas and rallies in our nation’s capital and around the country.

Heart-breaking moment mother turtle is forced to lay eggs on a huge pile of rubbish at a filthy beach

This is the shocking moment a mother turtle struggled to nest on a beach filled with rubbish and marine debris.

Great Barrier Reef: rising temperatures turning green sea turtles female

Rising temperatures are turning almost all green sea turtles in a Great Barrier Reef population female, new research has found.

Oceans suffocating as huge dead zones quadruple since 1950, scientists warn

Areas starved of oxygen in open ocean and by coasts have soared in recent decades, risking dire consequences for marine life and humanity.

Mysterious disease wastes South Florida's corals, and scientists are racing to find a cure

Called white plague, white blotch and other names, depending on the pattern of damaged or destroyed tissue, the disease has infected more than 20 South Florida coral species from the mid-Florida Keys through Palm Beach County.

Seven charts that explain the plastic pollution problem

Marine life is facing "irreparable damage" from the millions of tons of plastic waste which ends up in the oceans each year, the United Nations has warned.

Humans have dumped tons of plastic into oceans. Now it’s reached the deepest depths, study finds

Most of that plastic isn’t recycled. 91 percent of the world’s plastic ends up as waste that threatens fish, birds, mammals and even the crustaceans seven miles below the ocean’s surface.

Lobster's Pepsi 'tattoo' highlights major ocean problem

A lobster fished from waters off the coast of New Brunswick, Canada, was found earlier this month with an unusual marking on its claw—what appears to be the image of a Pepsi can.

Five shocking facts about the scale of plastic pollution that's choking our seas

Plastics now dominate modern human life, with many throwaway or single-use products such as drinks bottles, nappies and cutlery, ending up in the natural environment.

"Shame and anger" at plastic ocean pollution

Every piece of plastic rubbish has a story, so it also makes me wonder about the chain of events that led to that particular item ending up in the deep ocean, and whether any of those events could have been prevented.

Marine hotspots raise eastern US sea levels

Sea level rise and catastrophic coastal flooding could come early to the US Atlantic coast. So sea water in the streets of Florida or drowned towns on offshore islands will not necessarily be blamed upon global warming.

Sailing to the pacific ocean’s trash vortex

Now, ocean plastic pollution had its Frankenstein trash island. Sea captain Marcus Eriksen and surfer Charles Moore discovered the Pacific trash vortex and the island of floating trash.

U.N. report: little known about ocean plastic’s impact on human health

An FAO study finds that more than 100 commercial seafood species ingest microplastic, which can be contaminated with toxins. More worrying are the unknown health effects of even smaller nanoplastics.

Freshwater to sea, the resilience of oceans

Peter Thomson, President of the UN General Assembly encourages us to join together to develop a concerted global action to deliver on the targets of SDG 6.

Trump gets report that could open national marine sanctuaries to oil drilling

Oil drilling was banned along the entire Sonoma County coast when President Obama expanded Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary in 2016. Now the Trump administration is considering reversing that decision.

Breakthrough could help predict a catastrophic loss of ocean oxygen

The ocean is losing oxygen due to nutrient pollution, the effects of climate change, and decreased mixing of marine layers. These are a few ways that could help predict catastrophic loss of ocean oxygen.

Meet the brothers kayaking down the world's most polluted river

Plastic Bottle Citarum has been launched to help make people think about the dangers that pollution has on human health to inspire positive change.

Oceans Deeply talks: drowning in plastic

Oceans Deeply talks with experts about the plastic pollution that’s threatening the ocean: What we know, what we don’t know and, crucially, what we can do about it.

5 ways underwater drones are helping citizens save the ocean

Later this year, an army of small swimming robots is set to plumb the mysteries of oceans around the world. Each one will have its own mission, as defined by citizen scientists interested in everything from reefs to "robomussels" that can self-monitor temperature.

Tweet streams: how social media can help keep tabs on ocean health

Environmental monitoring is an expensive and time-consuming endeavor. One solution: Tap data stored in tweets and Instagram photos to track the health of coral reefs and other marine ecosystems.

Coral triage: scientists zero in on reefs with best chance of survival

Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s 100 Island Challenge uses 3-D photography to monitor how coral reefs change over time in an effort to help local communities save crucial marine ecosystems.

Marine noise pollution stresses and confuses fish

Increased noise pollution in the oceans is confusing fish and compromising their ability to recognize and avoid predators.

Plastic in the sea smells like food to fish, finds new study

Anchovies are falling into an 'evolutionary trap' created by vast amount of plastic waste being dumped in the sea.

Is your sunscreen poisoning the ocean?

Sunscreen contains a chemical called oxybenzone to deflect UV rays which will cause about six and a half Olympic-size swimming pool to be deadly with one single drop.

How to reduce your plastic consumption & why you better start today

It's time to wake up to colossal and terrifying effects of plastic pollution.

Hunting for plastic in California’s protected ocean waters

Microplastics, which are too small for water systems to catch, have continued to flow straight into San Francisco Bay.

UN competition encourages student innovations to tackle plastic wastes in the ocean

UN Environment and Think Beyond Plastic, an innovation accelerator organization, have launched a worldwide innovation challenge for university students to fight plastic waste in oceans.

This Pacific island is covered in 38 million pieces of trash — mostly plastic

Henderson Island is particularly hit by the plastic pollution because it’s located at the edge of the South Pacific gyre, an ocean current that tends to pick up trash.

6 ways to save the world’s oceans

Without oceans, there would be no life on earth as we know it. But they are under more stress than ever, thanks to overfishing, pollution, and climate change. This World Oceans Day, here are six things you can do to save the seas.

In Pictures: Plastic pollution and our oceans

With millions of tons of plastic waste being dumped into the sea every year and barely any ocean area free of such pollutants, the environmental impact on marine life and species is tremendous. Take a look at the hazardous effects of plastic pollution on our oceans.

Corals keep a record of ocean pollution

Coral nitrogen analysis offers an independent measure of the effects of human activity on the ecosystem. Changes in nitrogen runoff are reflected in coral reef growth.

Plastic pollution doesn’t just make for an ugly beach day. It’s contaminating our food chain

In the two minutes it took you to read this article, more than 60,000 pounds of plastic were dumped into our oceans. That plastic could very well have profound health consequences for you and the ones you love.

Plasticity forum highlights plastics recycling issues and opportunities

Plastics recycling, ocean pollution and program investments were among the sustainability topics at the first Plasticity Forum in California. While noting that the U.S. is far from ideal on plastics recycling, California is so far ahead of other areas.

Is marine plastic pollution a threat to human heath?

Would you like a side of plastic with your fish dish? Well, you might get it whether you like it or not. Ocean plastic pollution is pervasive. Scientists are trying to figure out the impact on human health.

The ocean has issues: 7 biggest problems facing our seas, and how to fix them

While it's true the oceans can provide us with some amazing eco-solutions like alternative energy, they are undergoing some serious stress factors. Here are the seven biggest problems, plus some light at the end of the tunnel.

Pacific voyage reveals depth of plastic pollution crisis

The discovery of microplastics in deep water means scientists may have underestimated the extent to which plastic trash is contaminating the ocean – and its impact on fish, marine mammals and seabed dwellers.

The ocean is filling up with ‘Plastic Smog’

Every year, billions of pounds of plastic waste pour into our oceans. Used by humanity for a few minutes at most, these single-use plastics will likely stick around for decades, or longer.

Rising tides: sea levels in Santa Barbara

A new report issued in April found that sea level rise along the California coastline could be faster and more drastic than previously predicted.

10 things you can do to save ocean

All life on Earth is connected to the ocean and its inhabitants. The more you learn about the issues facing this vital system, the more you’ll want to help ensure its health.

Why it’s important to save our seas’ pristine places

Yet the ocean is still home to treasure troves of biodiversity, and evidence is mounting that protecting such significant local areas builds resilience to climate change—and can even help regenerate what has been lost.

Sunken pleasure: California will need mountains of sand to save Its beaches

Without human intervention, many of the region’s beautiful beaches may disappear by 2100 as sea levels rise. If the Golden State wants to save its golden shores, it will have to add sand to them—and lots of it.

Why Peter Thiel believes in this 22-year-old's dream to clean up the oceans

The Ocean Cleanup's technology uses long floating rubber barriers with nets below the surface that act as a sort of artificial coastline, passively catching and concentrating debris using the power of the ocean's natural currents.

Aquariums pool resources to fight global plastic

The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach is teaming up with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and others to reduce or eliminate single-use plastics like straws and beverage bottles from their cafes and gift shops.

Ocean might swallow California sooner than you think

Last month the U.S. Geological Survey estimated that without intervention, as much as 67 percent of Southern California’s beaches could be lost to rising seas by the end of the century.

As climate warms, the oceans are becoming more toxic, new research shows

Researchers at Stony Brook University, in New York, analyzed the effects of rising ocean temperatures on two of the most toxic types of algae and found growths are becoming more widespread and profiling through the North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans.

Great Barrier Reef 'cooking and dying' as seas heat up, warn scientists

More than two-thirds of the coral in Australia's Great Barrier Reef is experiencing "shocking" amounts of bleaching, new aerial surveys have revealed. The Australian government says climate change is mainly to blame.

Millions of discarded flip flops posing huge hazard to ocean life

Each year, tons of flip flops wash up on East African coast, including Kenyan beaches like the one pictured, posing a risk to plant and animal life.

Ancient quakes may point to sinking risk for part of California coast

A study conducted by the US Geological Survey and California State University Fullerton revealed that past earthquakes have caused parts of the state’s coastline to sink.

Marine life improved in California’s protected areas, study says

A new report finds early signs that California’s unique network of marine protected areas is successfully protecting and rebuilding marine life.

New estimate of ocean heat finds more warming

The oceans may be storing 13 percent more heat than previously estimated, according to a new study co-authored by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

The plastic plague: Can our oceans be saved from environmental ruin?

Approximately eight million tons of plastic enter oceans every year. Experts believe that there will be more plastic than fish in oceans by 2050.

Study: 'Urgent' action against global warming needed to save coral reefs

The researchers documented the extent of the damage the reef off the coast of Australia, and found that only 8.9 percent of more than 1,000 reefs escaped with no bleaching along a stretch more than 2,300 kilometers long.

Scientists map seawater threat to California Central Coast aquifers

Using Earth-imaging technologies, scientists have studied the intrusion of saltwater into freshwater aquifers along the California coast.

SoCal beach water quality's up, but LA County still has 3 of California's most polluted beaches

According to new reports, water quality in Southern California beaches are improving, but L.A. county leads California in the number of beaches with poor water quality.

Ocean plastic pollution at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

There is currently a dire plastic pollution problem. If nothing is done, researchers predict there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050.

'Extraordinary levels' of pollution have contaminated even the deepest parts of the Pacific Ocean

PCBs — chemicals that have been banned since 1979 — have been found to have far-reaching effects. Recently, researchers have discovered traces of the chemical in the depths of the Pacific Ocean.

Worst erosion in 150 years tears 180 feet from SF's Ocean Beach

Because of the powerful El Nino that hit the Pacific Ocean a year ago, scientists say that beaches lining coasts between Mexico and Canada will eat away at seaside cliffs and low-lying coastal towns.

Latinos Marinos - advocacy group connects California’s grassroots coastal advocates

Latinos Marinos meet with legislative staff in Sacramento as part of Ocean Day 2017.The 12th annual Ocean Day 2017 drew over 100 representatives from some of California's leading coastal advocacy organizations.

Why we should be worried about California’s coast

California State Treasurer John Chiang speaks on the need to protect the environment from offshore drilling especially in California.

California's coastal system facing collapse

Reports show an economical impact linked to the collapse of local wildlife found in Bay Area coastal ecosystems.