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Report finds “carbon sinks” insufficient in absorbing CO2 emissions

By Tom Bawden / The Independent Carbon dioxide is being accumulated in the atmosphere at the fastest rate since records began, as scientists warn that the oceans and forests may have absorbed so much CO2 that their crucial function as “carbon sinks” is now severely threatened. The jump in atmospheric CO2 is partly the result […]

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Study suggests climate change has stunted fish size up to 29% over four decades

By Renee Lewis / Al Jazeera Climate change may be stunting fish growth, a new study has said. Fish sizes in the North Sea have shrunk dramatically, and scientists believe warmer ocean temperatures and less oxygenated water could be the causes. The body sizes of several North Sea species have decreased by as much as […]

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Scientists: Climate change will damage Great Barrier Reef beyond recovery by 2030

By Agence France-Presse Time is running out for Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef, with climate change set to wreck irreversible damage by 2030 unless immediate action is taken, marine scientists said Thursday. In a report prepared for this month’s Earth Hour global climate change campaign, University of Queensland reef researcher Ove Hoegh-Guldberg said the world […]

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New study finds acidification of Arctic Ocean exceeding all projections

By University of South Florida Acidification of the Arctic Ocean is occurring faster than projected according to new findings published in the journal PLoS One. The increase in rate is being blamed on rapidly melting sea ice, a process that may have important consequences for health of the Arctic ecosystem. Ocean acidification is the process […]

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Ocean acidification exacerbating climate change damage

By Jeremy Hance / Mongabay As if ocean acidification and climate change weren’t troubling enough (both of which are caused by still-rising carbon emissions), new research published in Nature finds that ocean acidification will eventually exacerbate global warming, further raising the Earth’s temperature. Scientists have long known that tiny marine organisms—phytoplankton—are central to cooling the […]

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New study finds 80% of Caribbean coral reefs destroyed since 1960s

By Fiona Harvey / The Guardian A major survey of the coral reefs of the Caribbean is expected to reveal the extent to which one of the world’s biggest and most important reserves of coral has been degraded by climate change, pollution, overfishing and degradation. The Catlin scientific survey will undertake the most comprehensive survey […]

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Daniel Whittingstall: The Global Climate Predicament

By Daniel Whittingstall / Deep Green Resistance Vancouver The Situation and Our Options Increased concentrations of atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHG), primarily carbon dioxide emitted from the burning of fossil fuels for cheap energy, have driven global average temperatures to rise. While this in itself is cause for concern, the real distressing predicament lies within the […]

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Glaciologist says carbon emissions to date will cause 69 foot sea level rise

By Chris Mooney / Mother Jones Last week, a much-discussed new paper in the journal Nature seemed to suggest to some that we needn’t worry too much about the melting of Greenland, the mile-thick mass of ice at the top of the globe. The research found that the Greenland ice sheet seems to have survived […]

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Sea Shepherd crew intercepts Japanese whaling ship

By Agence France-Presse Anti-whaling activist group Sea Shepherd said Wednesday it had intercepted the Japanese fleet in its annual Southern Ocean hunt “before a single harpoon has been fired”. Sea Shepherd claims to have saved the lives of 4,000 whales over the past eight whaling seasons with ever-greater campaigns of harassment against the Japanese harpoon […]

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30 years of industrialization in China has destroyed at least 80% of coral reefs

By Agence France-Presse China’s economic boom has seen its coral reefs shrink by at least 80 percent over the past 30 years, according to a joint Australian study, with researchers describing “grim” levels of damage and loss. Scientists from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and the South China Sea […]

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