Polluted groundwater eroding Hawaii coral reefs, study shows

by Olivia Trani, Lahaina News WEST MAUI – Local land-based pollution makes coral reefs more vulnerable to ocean acidification and could trigger coastal coral reef ecosystem collapses sooner than projected, according to new research. Coral reefs are threatened globally by ocean acidification caused by rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide influx heightens the […]

Mapping how to feed 9 billion humans, while avoiding environmental calamity

by Rhett A. Butler, Mongabay News The “Safety Net” initiative aims to map the best opportunities for conservation and ecosystem restoration globally. That means incorporating data on variables ranging from species richness to climate trends to deforestation rates for every point on Earth’s surface. That task is being taken up by a consortium of groups […]

Very hungry snails are guarding coastal ecosystems against climate change

by Marlene Cimons, Nexus Media The fate of aquatic ecosystems in a warming climate may well rest upon the appetite of a tiny snail-like herbivore you’ve probably never heard of: the limpet. The behavior of the little limpet, in fact, is a perfect model for what scientists see as a defense strategy against the pressures […]

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Senators reject budget cuts to science and energy programs

by E360 Digest U.S. senators have rejected efforts by the White House to slash funding for energy and scientific research, calling the cuts “short-sighted” in a reportpublished by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The report, written by the Senate appropriations subcommittee on energy and water development, recommends continuing funding for most programs at or near current […]

Are cities leading on climate?

Since President Trump withdrew from the Paris Accord, we have been hearing a banquet of news about how cities are leading on climate action. The Guardian recently devoted an article to showcasing New York City, Houston, Miami and San Francisco as good examples of climate leadership. According to the article, New York City has already […]

Could artificial reefs save our oceans?

by Marlene Cimons, Nexus Media News The Smithsonian Institution calls coralline algae “the unsung architects of coral reefs.” These pink-colored seaweed, with a skeletal structure that resembles honeycomb, live in harmony with coral. They strengthen the corals’ foundation by growing over and between gaps in coral reefs, essentially gluing sections of coral together. They provide a […]

Cape Grim Tasmania, by Iancochrane

Carbon in atmosphere is rising, even as emissions stabilize

by Justin Gillis, The New York Times Cape Grim, Tasmania — On the best days, the wind howling across this rugged promontory has not touched land for thousands of miles, and the arriving air seems as if it should be the cleanest in the world. But on a cliff above the sea, inside a low-slung […]

Pipeline

EPA’s methane estimates for oil and gas sector under investigation

by Phil McKenna, InsideClimate News The Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Inspector General will investigate how the agency estimates methane emissions from the oil and gas sector after an environmental group alleged that its emission estimates and regulations are based, in part, on faulty studies. The evaluation, announced Wednesday, will focus on a pair of […]

Bleaching of Staghorn Coral by SarahDepper

Coral bleaching subsiding after 3 extreme years, but recovery could take decades

By Bob Berwyn, Insideclimate News The longest and most widespread coral bleaching event on record is abating. As the powerful 2015-2016 El Niño faded, the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans remained warmer than average, but they at least cooled to levels that may enable some reefs to start recovering from extreme ocean heat, according to […]

Summer weather can be unpredictable, by Staff Sgt. Sheila deVera

Deadly heat waves could endanger 74% of mankind by 2100, study says

by Marianne Lavelle, InsideClimate News Deadly heat waves—already a risk for 30 percent of the world’s population—will spread around the globe, posing a danger for 74 percent of people on Earth by the end of this century if nothing is done to address climate change, according to a new study. Nearly as alarming, the researchers […]