When It Comes to Lightning, Don’t Pass the Salt

A study helps explain why thunderstorms occur much less frequently over the ocean than over land.

#lightning, #nature-communications-journal, #oceans-and-seas, #research, #salt, #your-feed-science

We Will All End Up Paying for Someone Else’s Beach House

As extreme weather events compound, the obvious perils of waterfront living are growing both more obvious and more perilous.

#army-corps-of-engineers, #beaches, #coast-erosion, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #floods, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #oceans-and-seas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #sand-and-gravel

There Are Holes on the Ocean Floor. Scientists Don’t Know Why.

Similar openings on the sea floor were first spotted 18 years ago along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Their origins remain unknown. Scientists are asking the public for their thoughts.

#atlantic-ocean, #azores-islands, #earth, #exploration-and-explorers, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #oceans-and-seas, #science-and-technology

Too Many New Yorkers Can’t Swim. It’s Time to Change That.

New York City is letting down its residents by nixing swimming lessons.

#adams-eric-l, #asian-americans, #beaches, #black-people, #bronx-river-bronx-ny, #deaths-fatalities, #drownings, #education-department-nyc, #education-department-nys, #health-and-mental-hygiene-department-nyc, #hispanic-americans, #hochul-kathleen-c, #medicine-and-health, #new-york-city, #oceans-and-seas, #politics-and-government, #poverty, #rockaway-beach-queens-ny, #rockaway-peninsula-queens-ny, #summer-season, #swimming-pools, #whites

First, the Fish Fell From the Sky. Then They Washed Ashore.

In the past month, dead anchovies have been spotted on the streets of San Francisco. Last week, thousands appeared at the edge of a lagoon about 30 miles north.

#anchovies, #birds, #bolinas-calif, #california, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #marin-county-calif, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #oceans-and-seas, #pelicans, #san-francisco-calif, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #whales-and-whaling, #wildlife-die-offs

Subsidized Ocean Fishing Threatens the Sea’s Bounty

With help from their governments, fishing boats are able to range farther, remain at sea longer and catch more fish.

#china, #european-union, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fishing-commercial, #food-and-agriculture-organization-of-the-united-nations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #japan, #oceans-and-seas, #pew-charitable-trusts, #russia, #seafood, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #world-trade-organization

Carbon Dioxide Levels Are Highest in Human History

Humans pumped 36 billion tons of the planet-warming gas into the atmosphere in 2021, more than in any previous year. It comes from burning oil, gas and coal.

#air-pollution, #carbon-dioxide, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heat-and-heat-waves, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #oceans-and-seas, #scripps-institution-of-oceanography

Air Pollution Can Mean More, or Fewer, Hurricanes. It Depends Where You Live.

Smog from factories and cars has led to more storms in the Atlantic Ocean, but fewer in the Pacific. A new study explains why.

#air-pollution, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #murakami-hiroyuki, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #oceans-and-seas, #research, #science-advances-journal

Why Did a U.N. Agency Give a Family $61 Million?

A little-known United Nations agency decided to make an impact by doling out loans and grant money — all to a single family. It did not go well.

#guterres-antonio, #oceans-and-seas, #politics-and-government, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #zampolli-paolo

The Ocean’s Biggest Garbage Pile Is Full of Floating Life

Researchers found that small sea creatures exist in equal number with pieces of plastic in parts of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which could have implications for cleaning up ocean pollution.

#biorxiv, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #ocean-cleanup-foundation, #oceans-and-seas, #pacific-ocean, #plastics, #research, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution, #your-feed-science

Climate Change Threatens California’s Vital Kelp Forests

These kelp forests sequester more carbon dioxide than the state’s redwood groves.

#california, #carbon-dioxide, #coastal-areas, #conservation-of-resources, #fishing-commercial, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #oceans-and-seas, #seaweed

In Warming World Oceans Risk Mass Extinctions, Model Shows

A new study finds that if fossil fuel emissions continue apace, the oceans could experience a mass extinction by 2300. There is still time to avoid it.

#endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #oceans-and-seas, #research, #science-journal

A Portrait of South Georgia: Abundance, Exploitation, Recovery

A series of ecological initiatives, including the eradication of several invasive species, has dramatically revived the life and landscape of this remote sub-Antarctic island.

#animals, #antarctic-regions, #birds, #global-warming, #hunting-and-trapping, #invasive-species, #islands, #oceans-and-seas, #penguins, #rats, #reindeer, #seals-animals-and-sealing, #south-georgia-island, #whales-and-whaling, #wildlife-die-offs

Climate Change Is Hurting Penguins Unevenly in Antarctica

The western side of the Antarctic Peninsula has seen sharp declines in Adélie penguin populations in recent decades. Things look better on the eastern side. Take a tour.

#antarctic-regions, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #ice, #krill, #oceans-and-seas, #penguins, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-photojournalism, #your-feed-science

These Photographers Chase Bioluminescence in New Zealand

Capturing bioluminescence, a phenomenon in which glowing algae give crashing waves an electric blue glow, requires technical skill and a bit of luck.

#algae, #auckland-new-zealand, #bioluminescence, #natural-phenomena, #new-zealand, #oceans-and-seas, #photography

In the Ocean, It’s Snowing Microplastics

Tiny bits of plastic have infiltrated the deep sea’s main food source and could alter the ocean’s role in one of Earth’s ancient cooling processes, scientists say.

#carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #global-warming, #microbiology, #monterey-bay-calif, #oceans-and-seas, #plastics, #squid, #water-pollution, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Finding a Retirement Home for 466 Frozen Flatworm Fragments

When researchers end their careers, where do their biological collections go?

#archives-and-records, #conservation-of-resources, #distel-dan, #northeastern-university, #oceans-and-seas, #research, #science-and-technology, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Sale of Leases for Wind Farms Off New York Raises More Than $4 Billion

The auctioned areas are expected to generate enough power for nearly 2 million homes once turbines are built.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #atlantic-ocean, #auctions, #bureau-of-ocean-energy-management-regulation-and-enforcement, #energy-and-power, #fishing-commercial, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #new-jersey, #new-york-state, #oceans-and-seas, #wind-power

Sea Ice Around Antarctica Reaches a Record Low

The drop surprised scientists, and may help them understand more about climate change affecting Antarctica and its waters.

#antarctic-regions, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #ice, #oceans-and-seas, #southern-ocean, #weddell-sea

Coastal Sea Levels in U.S. to Rise a Foot by 2050, Study Confirms

More precise measurements indicate that the increase will happen “no matter what we do about emissions.”

#floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #oceans-and-seas

The Tsunami Could Kill Thousands. Can They Build An Escape?

A major quake in the Pacific Northwest, expected sooner or later, will most likely create waves big enough to wipe out entire towns. Evacuation towers may be the only hope, if they ever get built.

#earthquakes, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #geology, #oceans-and-seas, #tidal-waves-and-tsunamis, #washington-state

Dissolving in Toxic Oceans: How an Ancient Extinction Happened

Scientists say rocks on the English coast contain clues of the processes that drove the end-Triassic event that killed as much as a quarter of all life on Earth.

#carbon-dioxide, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fossils, #geology, #geology-journal, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #oceans-and-seas, #paleontology, #volcanoes, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Lisa Goddard, 55, Dies; Brought Climate Data to Those Who Needed It

She helped show government agencies around the world how to predict upcoming droughts, flooding and other extreme weather events.

#columbia-university, #deaths-obituaries, #earth-institute-columbia-university, #global-warming, #goddard-lisa-1966-2022, #international-research-institute-for-climate-and-society-columbia-university, #oceans-and-seas, #research, #weather

Sprawling Coral Reef Resembling Roses Is Discovered Off Tahiti

The reef, which is just under two miles long and is in “pristine” condition, was found by a team of divers mapping the ocean floor for UNESCO.

#algae, #conservation-of-resources, #coral, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #global-warming, #oceans-and-seas, #photography, #reefs, #scripps-institution-of-oceanography, #tahiti, #united-nations-educational-scientific-and-cultural-organization

After Volcanic Eruption, Tonga Faces Weeks Without Internet

After a huge volcanic eruption severed the island country’s lone connection to the global internet, a difficult repair job, delving deep into the ocean, lies ahead.

#computers-and-the-internet, #oceans-and-seas, #subcom-llc, #tonga, #volcanoes, #wire-and-cable

An Ichthyosaur With a Grand Piano-Size Head and a Big Appetite

Scientists have described a giant new species of ichthyosaur that evolved its 55-foot-long body size only a few million years after the lizards returned to the seas.

#endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fossils, #nevada, #oceans-and-seas, #paleontology, #research, #science-journal, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Embracing the Swimming Culture After a Move to Australia

In Sydney, something changed. I embraced the uncertainty of the sea, following my children into a culture of volunteer lifesaving.

#australia, #drownings, #oceans-and-seas, #parenting, #psychology-and-psychologists, #swimming, #sydney-australia

Why Was This Ancient Tusk 150 Miles From Land, 10,000 Feet Deep?

A discovery in the Pacific Ocean off California leads to “an ‘Indiana Jones’ mixed with ‘Jurassic Park’ moment.”

#fossils, #ice-age, #mammoths-animals, #monterey-bay-aquarium-research-institute, #oceans-and-seas, #pacific-ocean, #paleontology, #reproduction-biological, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

A Trash Can From Myrtle Beach Washed Up in Ireland

“It reminded me straight away of maybe like a message in a bottle type scenario,” said Keith McGreal, who discovered the bin on Sunday afternoon while strolling on a beach with his family.

#beaches, #county-mayo-ireland, #ireland, #myrtle-beach-sc, #oceans-and-seas, #water-pollution

A Turtle, a Pool and the Fight to Save Puerto Rico’s Beaches

An attempt to rebuild a beachfront pool turned into a much bigger story about the threats of erosion and overdevelopment on the island.

#beaches, #building-construction, #coast-erosion, #coastal-areas, #condominiums, #conservation-of-resources, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #hurricane-maria-2017, #oceans-and-seas, #puerto-rico, #turtles-and-tortoises

This Pristine Beach Is One of Japan’s Last. Soon It Will Be Filled With Concrete.

In rural Japan, the unstoppable forces of nature meet the immovable determination of the construction state. Can this village survive?

#coast-erosion, #japan, #oceans-and-seas, #rural-areas, #typhoons, #world-heritage-sites

Agony and Ecstasy on the Scottish Archipelago of St. Kilda

The 85-mile boat ride through rough seas left some of us huddling in discomfort. But the scenery on the remote and windswept islands was otherworldly.

#atlantic-ocean, #boats-and-boating, #great-britain, #hebrides-islands-great-britain, #islands, #isle-of-skye-scotland, #oceans-and-seas, #scotland, #travel-and-vacations, #water, #world-heritage-sites

California Sea Urchin Are Destroying Coastal Kelp Forests

The spiny creatures have destroyed nearly all of California’s kelp forests, what marine biologists call “the lungs of the ocean.”

#fishing-commercial, #oceans-and-seas, #octavia-san-francisco-calif-restaurant, #quince-san-francisco-calif-restaurant, #reefs, #restaurants, #seafood

Oil Spill Off California Coast Sends 126,000 Gallons Into the Pacific

The spill created a 13-square-mile slick that extended from Huntington Beach to Newport Beach as dead fish and birds began to wash ashore in some areas.

#beaches, #california, #environment, #huntington-beach-calif, #newport-beach-calif, #oceans-and-seas, #offshore-drilling-and-exploration, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #oil-spills, #orange-county-calif, #pacific-ocean, #pipelines

‘Saildrone’ Footage Offers Rare Peek Inside a Category 4 Hurricane

The 23-foot unmanned vessel pierced the eyewall of Hurricane Sam and captured stunning images as the storm barreled through the Atlantic Ocean.

#alameda-calif, #atlantic-ocean, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #greg-foltz, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #oceans-and-seas, #saildrone-inc, #schmidt-eric-e

Swimming in an Uncertain Sea

The underwater filmmaker Ron Elliott describes what he’s learned from his encounters with sharks near the Farallon Islands.

#california, #farallon-islands, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #islands, #oceans-and-seas, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sharks, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #travel-and-vacations

La Palma Volcano Lava Hits Ocean, Creating a Pyramid and Toxic Gas Risks

The authorities told residents of the Spanish island to keep their windows shut, warning of powerful chemical reactions as molten rock meets seawater.

#canary-islands, #oceans-and-seas, #spain, #volcanoes

‘Spaceship-Shaped’ Fossil Reveals Hungry Predator of Ancient Oceans

Titanokorys gainesi, turned up in the Canadian Rockies, was among the largest known predators 500 million years ago.

#british-columbia-canada, #burgess-shale-canada, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fossils, #oceans-and-seas, #paleontology, #research, #royal-society-open-science-journal, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Why There’s Been a Sudden Population Crash for Rare Whales

North Atlantic right whales had been making a slow recovery, but ocean changes linked to global warming are pushing down their numbers again, scientists say.

#canada, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fishing-commercial, #global-warming, #gulf-of-maine, #gulf-of-st-lawrence, #oceanography-journal, #oceans-and-seas, #research, #united-states, #whales-and-whaling

Here’s How Ida Quickly Strengthened Into a Monster

Climate change plays a role in the rapid intensification of storms, and in Ida’s case, other factors worked as well to ramp up winds in a matter of hours.

#global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricane-ida-2021, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #oceans-and-seas, #weather, #wind

Satellites Spot Oceans Aglow With Trillions of Organisms

A new generation of detectors let scientists identify a dozen large episodes of bioluminescence, one a hundred times larger than Manhattan — and that’s the smallest.

#bioluminescence, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #indian-ocean, #indonesia, #light, #marine-biology, #microbiology, #oceans-and-seas, #research, #scientific-reports-journal, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

A Performance Piece That Pairs Painted Waves Alongside Real Ones

On view in Newport, R.I., Melissa McGill’s latest is an ode to nature and a reminder of our debt to it.

#art, #dancing, #melissa-mcgill, #newport-ri, #newport-restoration-foundation, #oceans-and-seas

The Wonders That Live at the Very Bottom of the Sea

Two new books, Edith Widder’s “Below the Edge of Darkness” and Helen Scales’s “The Brilliant Abyss,” explore the darkest reaches and all that glows there.

#below-the-edge-of-darkness-a-memoir-of-exploring-light-and-life-in-the-deep-sea-book, #books-and-literature, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #oceans-and-seas, #scales-helen, #the-brilliant-abyss-exploring-the-majestic-hidden-life-of-the-deep-ocean-and-the-looming-threat-that-imperils-it-book, #widder-edith

Learning to Love Solitude (and Hate Oatmeal) on a 15,534-Mile Canadian Trek

For six years, the filmmaker Dianne Whelan hiked, biked, paddled, snowshoed and skied from the Atlantic to the Pacific and north to the Arctic. Here’s what she learned along the way.

#canada, #dianne-whelan, #hiking, #indigenous-people, #oceans-and-seas, #travel-and-vacations

Jon Lindbergh, Aviator’s Son Who Took to the Sea, Dies at 88

Family triumph (Charles Lindbergh’s trans-Atlantic flight) and tragedy (the kidnapping “crime of the century”) shaped his early life, but he made his mark in the depths.

#deaths-obituaries, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #lindbergh-anne-morrow, #lindbergh-charles-a, #lindbergh-jon, #oceans-and-seas, #submarines-and-submersibles

How the Moon ‘Wobble’ Affects Rising Tides and Flooding

Scientists say it’s less like a wobble and more like a slow, predictable cycle. And while the phenomenon will contribute to rising tides caused by climate change, it is just one of many factors.

#coastal-areas, #floods, #global-warming, #moon, #nature-climate-change-journal, #oceans-and-seas, #research

Like in ‘Postapocalyptic Movies’: Heat Wave Killed Marine Wildlife en Masse

An early estimate points to a huge die-off along the Pacific Coast, and scientists say rivers farther inland are warming to levels that could be lethal for some kinds of salmon.

#british-columbia-canada, #california, #drought, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #lakes, #marine-biology, #mollusks, #mussels, #oceans-and-seas, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #rivers, #salmon, #starfish, #temperature

For Lease: Windmill Space in the Atlantic Between Long Island and New Jersey

The proposed lease sale is part of the Biden administration’s push to develop 30,000 megawatts of offshore wind power by 2030.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bureau-of-ocean-energy-management-regulation-and-enforcement, #energy-and-power, #fishing-commercial, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #oceans-and-seas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #wind-power

Sharks Nearly Went Extinct 19 Million Years Ago From Mystery Event

Analysis of the fossil record shows a mysterious mass extinction that decimated the diversity of sharks in the world’s oceans, and they’ve never fully recovered.

#endangered-and-extinct-species, #fossils, #oceans-and-seas, #paleontology, #research, #science-journal, #sharks, #your-feed-science

In the Russian Arctic, the First Stirrings of a Very Cold War

Though the Russian military has little in common with liberal Western politicians or environmental groups like Greenpeace, it is taking ice melt in the Far North seriously.

#arctic-council, #arctic-ocean, #arctic-regions, #defense-and-military-forces, #global-warming, #oceans-and-seas, #russia