Ocean

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Women in Science: Marie Tharp pioneered mapping the bottom of the ocean 6 decades ago – scientists are still learning about Earth’s last frontier

Despite all the deep-sea expeditions and samples taken from the seabed over the past 100 years, humans still know very little about the ocean’s deepest reaches. And there are good reasons to learn more. Tharp with an undersea map at her desk. Rolled sonar profiles of the ocean floor are on the shelf behind her. […]

August 1st

Sharkfest: 10 solutions to overfishing that could save our oceans

Overfishing has become a global crisis. One-third of fisheries around the world are operating at unsustainable levels. Over time, this unsustainable fishing will both decrease the amount of wild fish available to fishers and have huge consequences for the environment. If left unchecked, overfishing can lead to disruption of the food chain, harmful algal blooms and […]

July 24th

Economic benefits of protecting 30% of Earth’s land and ocean outweigh the costs 5-to-1

“This report unequivocally tells us that the time to finance nature—for people and for planet—is now.” That’s how Jamison Ervin, manager of the Global Program on Nature for Development at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), summed up a new study commissioned by Campaign for Nature (CFN), a coalition of over 100 conservation groups and scientists who […]

July 13th

Watchdog accuses Trump’s NOAA of choosing extinction for critically threatened right whales by hiding scientific evidence

As the North Atlantic right whale was placed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s list of critically endangered species Thursday, environmental protection groups accusing the U.S. government of bowing to fishing and fossil fuel industry pressure to downplay the threat and failing to enact common-sense restrictions to protect the animals. By Julia Conley Common Dreams […]

July 13th

The history of ocean pollution (and what we should be doing about it)

Our oceans amass more than 70% of the Earth’s surface – and for years, they’ve served as landfills. Before experts started to analyze these practices, many people believed these waterways could hold an unlimited amount of waste. Unfortunately, extensive research shows that’s not the case whatsoever. By Emily Folk Within the past few decades, we’ve […]

June 23rd

5 types of ocean pollution (And things YOU can do to stop them!)

Around the world, pollution affects many of our waterways. However, several different kinds of contamination exist – and each one hurts our oceans significantly. To put a stop to these harmful factors, we need to learn more. Then, we can understand how it influences the lives of people and animals and permanently changes our environment. […]

June 9th

‘Quietly putting hundreds of species at risk,’ Trump opens marine protected areas to commercial fishing

In a move that environmentalists warned could further imperil hundreds of endangered species and a protected habitat for the sake of profit, President Donald Trump on Friday signed a proclamation rolling back an Obama-era order and opening nearly 5,000 square miles off the coast of New England to commercial fishing. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams “We’re opening […]

June is National Ocean Month

Join us to celebrate and learn about our world ocean during National Ocean Month. Get a snapshot of some surprising facts in less than two minutes with our video! https://aamboceanservice.blob.core.windows.net/oceanservice-prod/news/june15/wod.mp4 By NOAA Video Transcript: What do you know about our ocean? The ocean is where life began over 3.5 billion years ago. The ocean covers […]

8 ways to rebuild a stronger ocean economy after the Coronavirus

Almost no facet of our global economy has been immune to the COVID-19 crisis. Much has been said about the disruption in more familiar sectors such as airlines, restaurants and sports — but the long arm of COVID-19 has also reached out to sea, affecting our “blue economy.” This collection of formal and informal marine jobs, products […]

If we can put a man on the Moon, we can save the Great Barrier Reef of Australia

Scientists recently confirmed the Great Barrier Reef suffered another serious bleaching event last summer – the third in five years. Dramatic intervention to save the natural wonder is clearly needed. First and foremost, this requires global greenhouse gas emissions to be slashed. But the right combination of technological and biological interventions, deployed with care at […]

April 25th

3D printed coral mimics the real thing

Most of us have heard that coral reefs around the world are dying, largely because of warmer ocean temperatures and the increased acidity of seawater, but few people realize why that is important to humans. Who really cares if the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia is nearly lifeless? So a few rich […]

April 18th