Climate Change Damage Is About to Get a Lot Worse, IPCC Warns

From Antarctica to the Oceans, Dangerous shifts are already underway. If fossil fuel use continues at this pace, the world will see sweeping consequences for nature and humans, report authors say. Sabrina Shankman SEP 25, 2019 As the planet warms, diverse ecosystems—from mountain glaciers to the icy Arctic to the oceans—are already seeing dangerous effects from climate change. Future warming will …

The ocean has absorbed over 90% of the heat from climate change and is the conduit for roughly 30% of human-caused carbon dioxide emissions

The world’s oceans are overheating due to climate change, and their chemistry is being altered. Hundreds of millions of people who live along the coasts are now at risk, as is the entire network of systems that depend on the ocean. The ocean has absorbed over 90% of the heat from climate change and is the conduit for roughly 30% of human-caused …

How long will it take to recover from the extinction that we’re causing through climate change and other methods? Millions of years, say scientists, who also urge immediate, decisive action to tackle deoxygenation in oceans

April 2019, EcoWatch It Will Take 10 Million Years to Recover From This Man-Made Apocalypse,  Guest Contributor Apr. 17, 2019 SCIENCE By Jordan Davidson The climate crisis has us spiraling towards higher temperatures while also knocking out marine life and insect species at an alarming rate that continues to accelerate. But, just how long will it take Earth to recover? A new study offers …

Humanity’s Destruction of Oceans Nearly Doubled Over a Decade, Scientists Warn, and Could Double Again Without Urgent Action

August 13, 2019 by Common Dreams “The solutions are known and within our grasp. We just need the social and political will to take action.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer The beach at Hawaii’s Kanapou Bay collects debris from throughout the Pacific Ocean. (Photo: NOAA/Flickr/cc) Humanity’s impact on global oceans nearly doubled in a just over a decade and could double …

‘Completely Terrifying’: Study Warns Carbon-Saturated Oceans Headed Toward Tipping Point That Could Unleash Mass Extinction Event

July 09, 2019 by Julia Conley, staff writer, Common Dreams “Once we’re over the threshold…you’re dealing with how the Earth works, and it goes on its own ride.” The Atlantic coast near Galicia, Spain. A study by an MIT researcher warns that humans are pumping carbon into the world’s oceans at a rate that could trigger a mass extinction event. …

Global warming increases microbial activity, driving global warming feedback loops: accelerated microbial activity in soils will significantly increase carbon emissions by 2050.

BY BOB BERWYN, INSIDECLIMATE NEWS JUN 19, 2019 All life on Earth evolved from microorganisms in the primordial slime, and billions of years later, the planet’s smallest life forms—including bacteria, plankton and viruses—are still fundamental to the biosphere. They cycle minerals and nutrients through soil, water and the atmosphere. They help grow and digest the food we eat. Without microbes, …

May 2019 science and impact updates

Substantial increase in minimum lake surface temperatures under climate change  (Climate Change) The average surface temperature of European lakes has risen by 0.35C per decade since the early 1970s, a new study finds. The researchers analysed observational data for 1973-2014 from eight European lakes, finding rising annual and summer average temperatures – as well as increases in annual minimum lake surface …

George Monbiot: Stop eating fish until the fishing industry is regulated and fishing is prohibited in open ocean areas. 

Regulating the fishing industry is both cheap and easy. If commercial fishing were excluded from large areas of the sea, the total catch would be likely, paradoxically, to rise, due to what biologists call the spillover effect. Fish and shellfish breed and grow to large sizes in the reserves, then spill over into surrounding waters. Where seas have been protected …

6 Signs Of Hope For The Ocean

May 2nd, 2019 by World Resources Institute Coral reef at Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by US Fish and Wildlife Service/Flickr Originally published on the WRI blog. By Kristian Teleki It’s easy to lose sight of good news amid the barrage of negative stories about the threats facing the ocean—everything from growing plastic pollution to dying coral reefs. However, there is a lot …