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Something is killing gray whales. Is it a sign of oceans in peril?

SAN IGNACIO, Mexico — For thousands of years, the gray whales of the eastern Pacific have undertaken one of the longest annual migrations of any mammal — starting in the cold waters of the Arctic, then down past the densely populated coasts and beaches of California before finally finding refuge in the warm, shallow estuaries of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. Only to turn around and … Continue reading Something is killing gray whales. Is it a sign of oceans in peril?

California’s Early June Heat Wave Cooked Coastal Mussels in Place

Bodega Marine Reserve research coordinator Jackie Sones has worked in or walked on the rocky shores of the North Coast almost every day for the last 15 years. But while she was surveying the reserve for sea stars in mid-June, she saw something new: strips of bleached algae draped across the rocks, like frost, and a swath of dead mussels, hundreds or maybe thousands of them, … Continue reading California’s Early June Heat Wave Cooked Coastal Mussels in Place

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What to Save? Climate Change Forces Brutal Choices at National Parks.

Zoë SchlangerNew York Times For more than a century, the core mission of the National Park Service has been preserving the natural heritage of the United States. But now, as the planet warms, transforming ecosystems, the agency is conceding that its traditional goal of absolute conservation is no longer viable in many cases. Late last month the service published an 80-page document that lays out new … Continue reading What to Save? Climate Change Forces Brutal Choices at National Parks.

Warming oceans may be choking off oxygen to starfish, causing them to ‘drown’

Warming ocean temperatures are fueling increases in organic material and bacteria that suck up oxygen in these watery habitats. Denise Chow is a reporter for NBC News Science focused on the environment and space.Jan. 7, 2021, 1:59 PM PST A mysterious wasting disease seen in starfish around the world may be the result of respiratory distress tied to warming oceans, according to a new study. … Continue reading Warming oceans may be choking off oxygen to starfish, causing them to ‘drown’

Webinar On Climate Change & the Oceans

From Science News: Ocean of Changes Marine ecologist Malin Pinsky is leading the charge to collect the data needed to shape ocean policy amid global temperature rise. His lab at Rutgers University focuses on understanding “how marine ecosystems are changing, why they are changing and what choices we can make as a society to alter that course,” he says. On October 22 at 2:30 p.m. EDT, Science … Continue reading Webinar On Climate Change & the Oceans

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2017 Young Leaders in Climate Change (YLCC) Initiative

The NPS Climate Change Response Program and the University of Washington are pleased to invite graduate and upper-level graduate students and recent graduates to apply to the 2017 Young Leaders in Climate Change (YLCC) Initiative!  The YLCC is a paid summer internship to work on diverse issues related to climate change and its effects in national parks. Please distribute to interested parties, with special attention to … Continue reading 2017 Young Leaders in Climate Change (YLCC) Initiative