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Hawaii & Alaska
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HI - Mauna Loa Eruption Map Shows Where Lava Flow Is Heading on Hawaii

The largest active volcano in the world, Mauna Loa, has now been erupting for 24 hours. Initially contained in the volcano's summit crater, the eruption has now moved into the Northeast Rift Zone, where three eruptive fissures have burst open, spilling lava down the volcano's flanks.

Gulf of Mexico
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FL - Red tide impacts continue in Southwest Florida and Sarasota

Weather and health officials continue to warn about the hazards of red tide as the harmful algae bloom worsened along the Southwest Florida coast this week, particularly in Sarasota County waters.

West Coast
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CA - How extinct Steller's sea cow shaped kelp forests

To uncover 'sea cow effect,' researchers developed a novel Past-Present-Future modeling approach that could inform more effective conservation strategies across ecosystems.

Caribbean
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USA — Traces of ancient hurricanes on the seafloor are a warning for coastal areas

Evidence from millennia of Atlantic storms is not good news for the coast. If you look back at the history of Atlantic hurricanes since the late 1800s, it might seem hurricane frequency is on the rise. The year 2020 had the most tropical cyclones in the Atlantic, with 31, and 2021 had the third-highest, after 2005. The past decade saw five of the six most destructive Atlantic hurricanes in modern history.

International
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UK - Dormant microbes can ‘switch on’ to cope with climate change

The results, led by a team at Imperial College London and published today in eLife, have important implications for predicting the impact of global warming on ecosystems.

International
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World - Seagrass crucial to stemming the tide of coastal erosion

The sea devours large tracts of land when storms wash sand out to sea from the coast. In a new study involving a researcher from the University of Gothenburg has shown that seagrass can reduce cliff erosion by up to 70% thanks to its root mats binding the sand.

Southeast
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FL - Hundreds Of Florida’s Manatees Are Dying — What’s Being Done To Save Them

In an effort to save manatees in Florida, environmental groups have filed a petition to get them back on the endangered species list.

International
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AUS - Mangroves: Environmental guardians of our coastline

They are the salt-tolerant shrubs that thrive in the toughest of conditions, but according to new UniSA research, mangroves are also avid coastal protectors, capable of surviving in heavy metal contaminated environments.

Gulf of Mexico
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FL - Eckerd College professor publishes paper on sharing research about health of Florida stone crabs

The way Philip Gravinese, Ph.D., sees it, research is important not just for what can be discovereThe way Philip Gravinese, Ph.D., sees it, research is important not just for what can be discovered but for how that information can be shared.d but for how that information can be shared.

Hawaii & Alaska
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HI - Hawaii’s Mauna Loa is erupting for the first time since 1984

CNN — The world’s largest active volcano, Mauna Loa on Hawaii, is erupting for the first time in nearly 40 years.

International
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World - Satellites cast critical eye on coastal dead zones

Scientists have found a new and better way to use remote sensing to understand where coastal dead zones are and predict changes.

International
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World - The Other Endangered Frontier of Subsea Mining: Brazil's Blue Amazon

You might not have heard of the Blue Amazon, but it’s the part of the ocean owned by Brazil. Otherwise known as Brazil’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), it covers an area of 3.6 million square kilometers, equivalent to half of the Amazon rainforest.

International
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World - ‘Common’ Dolphins on Israeli Coastline Decreased by 40% in Last 5 Years

It’s still unclear what factors have led to the dramatic decline in the number of dolphins, which were formerly commonly found across the entire Mediterranean

Gulf of Mexico
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TX - Coral reefs near Texas may not escape greater damage from climate change

Coral reefs – indicators of overall ocean health – have fared better in the Flower Garden Banks Marine Sanctuary than many reefs elsewhere. But researchers have now concluded that could change as Gulf waters heat up.

International
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NZ - Vehicles on beaches causing damage to ecosystem, wildlife

Coastal care groups and local government agencies are all repeating the same message – vehicles on beaches cause damage to the natural character of our coastline.

Mid-Atlantic
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NC - Climate Change Poses Dire Threat to North Carolina Wetlands

The future of North Carolina's coastal wetlands is uncertain due to rising sea levels

Gulf of Mexico
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LA - The Marine Lab in the Path of Climate Change’s Fury?

The DeFelice Marine Center sits on a strip of land that dangles into a bay. Staff is living, working, and adapting to the climate crisis in real time.

Mid-Atlantic
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NC - Carbon capture project proposed for ocean waters off Duck

DUCK — It was flashback to high school chemistry class for some, but Duck residents were up to the challenge last week at an information session about a carbon capture demonstration project proposed off their beach.

Arctic & Antarctica
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Arctic - A regime shift in an Arctic marine ecosystem likely to become permanent

Findings of unexpected large numbers of fin and humpback whales in the previously ice infested waters of East Greenland now indicate a tipping point in the marine ecosystem from one regime to another that may be irreversible. Peer-Reviewed Publication

International
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World - Ray of hope? One place where reef manta rays are thriving

In a rare piece of good news in the marine world, scientists have found one place where reef manta rays are thriving.

Hawaii & Alaska
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AK - Did climate change really kill billions of snow crabs in Alaska?

In October 2022, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that the lucrative snow crab fishery in the Bering Sea would close for the first time, following a population decline of 80% between 2018 and 2022.

International
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World - Reducing bycatch with sensory deterrents

A new study has revealed the potential for sensory deterrents to reduce marine megafauna bycatch in fisheries.

Caribbean
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PR - Student Enterprise Using Earthworms in Water Purification Process Wins $10000 1 Race 4 Oceans Award

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico-The Enactus student team from Benemérita Autonomous University of Puebla, Mexico, won the Enactus 1 Race 4 Oceans Impact Competition held during the 2022 Enactus World Cup with their project CPlantae. The project is a multi-faceted social enterprise focused on sustainable water purification.

International
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Singapore - New blue carbon institute to be launched in Singapore

To help mitigate climate change and protect coastal communities, a new institute will be supporting the restoration and protection of ecosystems such as mangroves and seagrasses in South-east Asia and beyond.

Pacific Northwest
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WA - Tribes receive grant funding Aid to help with climate change

North Olympic Peninsula tribes are getting an injection of cash for climate resilience projects thanks to a program from the U.S. Department of the Interior.