The UK's chief scientist says the oceans face a serious and growing risk from man-made carbon emissions, writes BBC News: Sir Mark Walport warns that the acidity of the oceans has increased by about 25% since the industrial revolution, mainly thanks to manmade emissions. Read the full article here.
AUSTRALIA'S coastal towns, many built around fisheries and tourism, are particularly vulnerable to climate change, writes Stewart Frusher in The Conversation. A new website Coastal Climate Blueprint scores coastal towns on their vulnerability to climate change. Read the full article here.
Ocean temperatures are again warming in the Pacific, helping to drive global temperatures to new highs and also leaving conditions primed for an El Nino event to be declared in coming months, writes the Sydney Morning Herald. Read the full story here.
Large numbers of fish will disappear from the tropics by 2050, finds a new University of British Columbia study that examined the impact of climate change on fish stocks, reports Science Daily. Read the full story here.
Snails aren’t best known for moving at anything faster than, well, a snail’s pace. Yet out in the oceans, a seismic shift in the ranges of species seems to be gathering pace, with snails and their relatives at the vanguard.
Australian divers, fishers, and beachcombers have reported 1060+ sightings on Redmap. Nearly 30 per cent of the confirmed sightings were considered uncommon where spotted, i.e. they were out of their known range. Here are the latest trends from the Redmap data...
A Tasmanian researcher has found octopuses from Sydney are reproducing in Tasmanian waters, writes ABC News. The common Sydney octopus was thought to have migrated south because of rising ocean temperatures. The creature was usually found between southern Queensland and southern New South Wales. Read the full story here.