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World - Nobel-winning stock market theory used to help save coral reefs

Portfolio selection rules on evaluating risk used to pick 50 reefs as ‘arks’ best able to survive climate crisis and revive coral elsewhere

International
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NZ - Big-city coastal whales consume millions of microplastics every day

Whales in New Zealand's Hauraki Gulf consume about three million microplastics per day, a new study has found.

International
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World - Using the Sound of the Sea to Help Rebuild Ocean Habitats

Playing recordings of a healthy ocean attracts animals to degraded habitats, suggesting that sound could be used to help restore marine ecosystems.

Arctic & Antarctica
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Arctic - Researchers identify behavioral adaptations that may help Antarctic fishes to adapt to warming Southern Ocean

In a new study published in PLOS ONE, Michael Friedlander and his team at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute describe how Antarctic fishes with and without hemoglobin react to acute thermal stress. The findings characterize species-specific behavioral responses that may help these endemic species withstand the impacts of climate change.

Pacific Northwest
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OR - Researchers to study decline in kelp and sea stars along Oregon Coast

Since a marine heatwave that happened from 2013 to 2015, there have been important ecosystem changes on the Oregon Coast. The populations of bull kelp, sunflower sea stars and other important marine species like abalone have been on the decline. At the same time, the population of purple sea urchins is rising rapidly.

International
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World - A database of global coastal conditions

Remote sensing satellite imagery has the potential to monitor and understand dynamic environmental phenomena by retrieving information about Earth’s surface. Marine ecosystems, however, have been studied with less intensity than terrestrial ecosystems due, in part, to data limitations.

Mid-Atlantic
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VA - Microplastic pollution in Virginia coastal system becomes increasing concern for local researchers

Microplastics have become a pressing issue for those trying to protect the Chesapeake Bay and other Virginia waterway systems from pollution

Coastwide
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USA - NOAA Ocean Exploration meets major mapping milestone on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer

NOAA has now mapped two million square kilometers of the ocean with a high resolution, multi-beam sonar system. Two million square kilometers is equivalent to more than 772,000 square miles or roughly more than one quarter of the size of the lower 48 United States.

International
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World - The ocean is our greatest climate regulator. It must be a stronger part of climate policy and action

The German linguist Heinrich Zimmer once described the ocean as "limitless and immortal … the beginning and end of all things on Earth".

Coastwide
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MA - Jaws of defeat: Anglers' emotions toward shark depredation is key to conservation

In a broad-scale study recently published in Fisheries Research, researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst quantified the emotional and behavioral responses to shark depredation in recreational fisheries.

Northeast
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CAN - Marine species in St.Lawrence Estuary endangered by rapid drop in levels of oxygen

Concentrations of dissolved oxygen in the deep waters of the Lower St. Lawrence Estuary (LSLE) have dropped by over 50% over the past two years. The consequences for many marine species, who depend on oxygen to survive, are potentially very serious.

Coastwide
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World - Study: Remote Ocean Wilderness Areas are “Living Time Machines,” Teeming with Large Fish

Fish stocks in remote ocean wilderness areas are triple those of the best marine reserves and fisheries

Northeast
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North Atlantic - In the Middle of the Atlantic, an Overlooked Seabird Hotspot

International regulators are looking to protect the key seabird feeding ground as a high-seas marine protected area.

Pacific Northwest
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BC - Atmospheric river brings floods, landslides, and maybe, a reckoning

The cascading natural disasters in British Columbia have destroyed key pieces of infrastructure that experts say should trigger a nationwide risk assessment to prepare for Canada’s rapidly changing climate.

International
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Yucatán - Heavy metals detected in sargassum that reaches the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula

CICY Asks Institutes To Take Advantage Of Sargassum And Avoid Pollution Of The Beaches.

Coastwide
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World - ABS & Sofar Ocean to Drive Decarbonization with Voyage Optimization

Voyage planning insights to drive decarbonization goals through dynamic route optimization will soon be available for charterers and ship managers through ABS My Digital FleetTM, as Sofar Ocean, which recently announced a $39M Series B round, became the latest innovative technology startup to join the ABS My Digital Fleet Alliance Program.

Hawaii & Alaska
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AK - Bering Sea survey finds Yukon River chinook populations are low and staying closer to shore

According to the survey’s preliminary estimates, young Yukon River chinook salmon populations continue to be low.

International
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AUS - Marine Biologists Discover New Species of Octopus

The newly-discovered octopus species inhabits the shallow waters off southwest Australia and belongs to the Octopus vulgaris group, according to a new paper published in the journal Zootaxa.

Gulf of Mexico
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USA - New Study Shows Importance Of Upper Ocean Temperature Structure To Hurricane Intensity

Texas A&M scientist has found that late season storms to have greater potential for intensifying than early season storms.

International
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Africa - Mystery of Doomed Sardine Migration Is Finally Solved

Pulses of cold seawater mislead millions of sardines into swimming along the South African coast to their death

Coastwide
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USA - Rivers play key role in destructive coastal flooding, new research shows

If you think living away from the coast keeps you safe from climate change and rising waters, think again.

International
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World - Expedition dive to the wreck of the Titanic off Newfoundland's coast uncovers 'a whole other world below the sea' for citizen scientists

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — As Joseph Wortman began descending 12,500 feet below the sea on an expedition toward the Titanic shipwreck, an endless amount of sea life began surrounding the manned submersible.

International
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Surreal Deep Sea Discoveries Include Glitter Worms and Upside-Down Lakes

Images from a recent deep-sea expedition off the coast of Mexico sheds light on the little-understood life in the deepest oceans.

Coastwide
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USA - Cyanobacteria Blooms Exceed WHO Thresholds in Midwest Lakes

A study of 369 lakes across the U.S. Midwest finds that many of them, especially those close to agriculture, have high concentrations of harmful algal bloom-causing cyanobacteria.

Mid-Atlantic
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MD - Chesapeake warming faster than ocean surface, study shows

The Chesapeake Bay summer water temperatures are increasing by nearly a half-degree Fahrenheit per decade and rising nearly twice as fast as global surface ocean water temperatures, according to a recent study.