Ocean

Ocean acidification does not impair the behaviour of coral reef fishes

AbstractThe partial pressure of CO2 in the oceans has increased rapidly over the past century, driving ocean acidification and raising concern for the stability of marine ecosystems1,2,3. Coral reef fishes are predicted to be especially susceptible to end-of-century ocean acidification on the basis of several high-profile papers4,5 that have reported profound behavioural and sensory impairments—for…

Ocean microbes: Novel study underscores microbial individuality

A single drop of seawater can contain a wide representation of ocean microbes from around the world — revealing novel insights into the ecology, evolution and biotechnology potential of the global microbiome. A new publication in Cell reports a staggering degree of biological diversity that defies contemporary definitions of microbial species, illuminates reasons behind challenges…

China’s ocean waste surges 27% in 2018: ministry

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China dumped a total of 200.7 million cubic meters of waste into its coastal waters in 2018, a 27% rise on the previous year and the highest level in at least a decade, the country’s environment ministry said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: Workers clear garbage at the bank of Yangtze River in…

U.N. confirms the ocean is screwed

The ocean isn’t alright. The seas, which hold some 332,519,000 cubic miles of water, are warming, rising, acidifying, and losing oxygen. And a new comprehensive U.N. climate special report, released Wednesday, presents an encyclopedic review of how Earth’s oceans and ice sheets have been altered as the world relentlessly warms.  Over 100 scientists from 36…

Will there be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050?

Fact-checking Catherine McKenna’s claim that ‘plastics will outweigh fish in our oceans by 2050.’Giant fish made from plastic bottles are exhibited on the beach in Rio de Janeiro. The Liberals have announced a series of planned measures aimed at cutting down plastic pollution in our oceans, including a ban single-use plastics in Canada. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)As…