Tagged: oceans

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

Guest Author Nov 30, 2021

Sarah Seabrook, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research; Elisabeth Holland, The University of the South Pacific; Lisa Levin, University of California San Diego, and Natalya Gallo, University of Bergen   The German linguist Heinrich Zimmer once described the ocean as “limitless and immortal … the beginning and end of all things on Earth”. Standing on the shores of any … Read More

Marine life is fleeing the equator to cooler waters. History tells us this could trigger a mass extinction event - The Changing Climate

Guest Author Apr 09, 2021

Anthony Richardson, The University of Queensland; Chhaya Chaudhary, University of Auckland; David Schoeman, University of the Sunshine Coast, and Mark John Costello, University of Auckland The tropical water at the equator is renowned for having the richest diversity of marine life on Earth, with vibrant coral reefs and large aggregations of tunas, sea turtles, manta rays and whale sharks. The … Read More

Rocky icebergs and deep anchors – new research on how planetary forces shape the Earth’s surface - Guest Work

Guest Author Sep 29, 2020

Simon Lamb, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington Have you ever wondered why the Earth’s surface is separated into two distinct worlds – the oceans and large tracts of land? Why aren’t land and water more mixed up, forming a landscape of lakes? And why is most of the land relatively low and close to sea level, making … Read More

Green sky thinking - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Apr 09, 2018

We are starting to see more scenarios about getting to a “decarbonised” future. One where greenhouse gas emissions are no longer a problem. Many scenarios are forgettable. The good ones have the power to create the change. Shell has added a new futures scenario, called Sky, to its New Lens scenario set. I think … Read More

Safe to go in the water? The ‘bleeding legs’ sea flea mystery - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Aug 10, 2017

The story has gone viral around the world  – a teenager, Sam Kanizay, dips his legs in the water after soccer practice in Melbourne and emerges bleeding profusely, and in hospital for days, with dramatic headlines of mysterious flesh eating sea creatures to blame. So what’s the likely culprit and do we need to fear getting in the water here? … Read More

Deep water corals glow in the dark to survive - News

Jean Balchin Jul 05, 2017

It has long been established that corals in shallow waters glow because of fluorescent proteins that act as sunblock, protecting the endangered species from the sun’s intense rays. As any kiwi can attest, too much sunlight is bad for humans. Excess sunlight is also detrimental to corals. Some shallow water corals produce fluorescent proteins to block excessive sunlight that could … Read More

How we discovered pollution-poisoned crustaceans in the Mariana Trench - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 21, 2017

By Alan Jamieson, Newcastle University Even animals from the deepest places on Earth have accumulated pollutants made by humans. That’s the unfortunate finding of a new study by myself with colleagues from the University of Aberdeen and the James Hutton Institute, published in Nature Ecology and Evolution. Up until now I have tended to stick to the nice … Read More

Marine reserve overhaul – how to make the most of this opportunity - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 10, 2016

By Associate Professor Mark Costello and Dr Daniel Hikuroa If you care about having fish to eat, recreational fishing, and enjoying a natural environment then you should be responding to the governments consultation document on a proposed Marine Protected Areas Act by 5pm tomorrow Friday 11th March 2016. Along with the recent decision to extend the Kermadec Islands … Read More

The race to fish: how fishing subsidies are emptying our oceans - Guest Work

Guest Author Oct 19, 2015

Rashid Sumaila, University of British Columbia Fish numbers are rapidly dwindling globally, and fishery subsidies are one of the key drivers behind this decline. In 2009, these subsidies totalled about US$35 billion, creating incentives for fishers around the world to increase their catch. But this short-term “race to fish” is jeopardising the long-term environmental, social, and economic … Read More

How you can help scientists track how marine life reacts to climate change - Guest Work

Guest Author Oct 07, 2015

Gretta Pecl, University of Tasmania; Jemina Stuart-Smith, University of Tasmania; Jennifer Sunday, University of British Columbia , and Natalie Moltschaniwskyj, University of Newcastle There are many factors that determine where a marine species will find a place to call home, such as wave exposure, salinity, depth, habitat and where other friend or … Read More

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