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Kelp beds transplanted to Tasmania to help reveal effects of climate change

In a world-first study, scientists have transplanted kelp off the coast of Tasmania to better understand the impact of climate change, writes ABC Online.  The kelp, which grows from northern New South Wales around to Western Australia, provides an ecosystem for hundreds of marine species. Now it is thinning and becoming patchy because of warming waters. Read the full story here at ABC Online.

UK's Fish & Chips at Risk? Warming seas pose habitat risk for fishy favorites

Popular North Sea fish such as haddock, plaice and lemon sole could become less common on our menus because they will be constrained to preferred habitat as seas warm, according to a study; and reported in Science Daily. Fish distributions are limited by water temperature and some species can only thrive in certain habitats and depths. In the last 40 years the North Sea has warmed four times faster than ...

Reef fish can adjust sex ratios as oceans warm

Using a multigenerational experiment research has shown for the first time that when reef fish parents develop from early life at elevated temperatures they can adjust their offspring's sex through non-genetic and non-behavioral means, writes Science Daily. Read more here.

Global warming hiatus explained

"IT IS FRUSTRATING," says climate scientist Michael Mann from his office at Penn State University in the United States. "There certainly has not been a hiatus in global warming — global warming hasn't stopped, even though you still hear those contrarian talking points," he says. Read the full story at ABC Online here.

Fish babies in hot water

Rising ocean temperatures slow the development of baby fish around the equator, scientists have found, raising concerns about the impact of global warming on fish and fisheries in the tropics, writes Science Daily. Read the full story here.

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