Previous Oceans and Water News 2015

Agriculture is Big Threat to Water Quality These Farmers Are Doing Something About It 12-27-15

Agriculture, with its fertilizers, has emerged as the biggest threat to water quality in many parts of the U.S. Some farmers are trying new conservation strategies …Full article

Farms Near Lake Erie Get Millions 11-30-15

Waste-producing operations receive funds despite algae fears …Full article

7 Important Ocean Trends, and What We Can Do About Them 6-8-15

More than 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered in water. About 97% of it exists in our oceans. But the oceans aren’t just full of aquatic creatures and colorful coral that comprise the perfect snorkel scenery. Major problems lurk on top of, and especially beneath the surface – problems that need our attention. That’s why we need World Oceans Day …Full article

Ocean Assets Valued at $24 Trillion but Dwindling Fast 4-22-15

A new report highlights the economic value of Earth’s marine environments According to a new WWF report Reviving the Ocean Economy: the case for action—2015, the goods and services from coastal and marine environments amount to about $2.5 trillion each year. That makes the ocean the 7th largest economy in the world in terms of Gross Domestic Product …Full article

Chesapeake Bay Recovering But Still Under Stress 2-3-15

Report Finds (Reuters) the ailing Chesapeake Bay is slowly recovering from pollution and overfishing but still has problems that include a drop by half in a key segment of the blue crab population, a report on the largest U.S. estuary said. The health snapshot from the Chesapeake Bay Program said the 64,000-square-mile watershed covering 6 states and the District of Columbia was threatened by rising sea levels, warmer water and urban development …Full article

Something Terrible is About to Happen to the Ocean’s Coral 1-28-15

Coral reefs provide habitat to 25% of sea-dwelling fish species. Coral scientist C. Mark Eakin, coordinator for the Coral Reef Watch program at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been sounding a warning since last year that the globe’s corals appear to be on the verge of a mass-scale bleaching event. Bleaching happens when corals lose contact with an algae that feeds them nutrients. When water warms above normal levels, corals tend to expel their algae lifeline and in doing so, lose their brilliant colors-hence the term “bleaching.” During the last mass bleaching event, we lost almost a fifth of the world’s coral reefs …Full article

New Video from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Shows Perennial Sea Ice is Melting 1-21-15

Perennial sea ice stays frozen year round but is melting at a steady rate since 1979. the chart below show the decline using measurements taken every September, when the ice reaches its minimum for the year.

Ice is relective and helps beam much of the sun’s energy back into space. The darker ocean aborbs the heat and this contributes to the warming of the world’s oceans …more