Where’s the sea ice? 3 reasons the Arctic freeze is unseasonably late and why it matters

The pattern of autumn sea ice growth has been completely disrupted, but are we really headed for a tipping point?

Mark Serreze, Research Professor of Geography and Director, National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
Oct. 28, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change heat-wave arctic oceans sun atlantic-ocean sea-ice polar-ice

Restoring seagrasses can bring coastal bays back to life

Healthy seagrasses form underwater meadows teeming with fish and shellfish. A successful large-scale restoration project in Virginia could become a model for reseeding damaged seagrass beds worldwide.

Karen McGlathery, Professor of Environmental Sciences and Director, Environmental Resilience Institute, University of Virginia • conversation
Oct. 20, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: climate-change ecology fisheries water-pollution coasts ecosystem-services coastal-development oceans atlantic-ocean virginia seagrass ecological-restoration seagrass-meadows

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is so intense, it just ran out of storm names – and then two more storms formed

It's only happened twice since naming started in 1950, and there's an unusual twist to where many of the storms are forming this year.

Kimberly Wood, Assistant Professor of Meteorology, Mississippi State University • conversation
Sept. 18, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change hurricanes storms el-nino meteorology natural-disasters oceans atlantic-ocean la-nina tropical-cyclones enso

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is so intense, it just ran out of storm names

In an unusual twist, many of those storms have been forming closer to the US coast.

Kimberly Wood, Assistant Professor of Meteorology, Mississippi State University • conversation
Sept. 18, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change hurricanes storms el-nino meteorology natural-disasters oceans atlantic-ocean la-nina tropical-cyclones enso

Microplastic in Atlantic Ocean 'could weigh 21 million tonnes'

There are 12-21 million tonnes of tiny plastic fragments floating in the ocean, scientists say.

By Victoria Gill • bbcnews
Aug. 18, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: environment plastic plastic-pollution marine-biology atlantic-ocean

A massive Saharan dust plume is moving into the southeast US, bringing technicolor sunsets and suppressing tropical storms

From June through October, it's not unusual for huge Saharan dust plumes to blow across the Atlantic. They can darken skies but also bring calmer weather and electric sunsets. Here's how they form.

Scott Denning, Professor of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate hurricanes storms atmospheric-science weather air-quality atlantic-ocean dust sahara tropical-rainforest

Southwest Atlantic humpback whales on recovery path

The population first ravaged by commercial whalers in the 1900s is almost back to where it was.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
Oct. 15, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: conservation atlantic-ocean

Why are Nike trainers washing up on beaches?

From Bermuda and the Azores to Ireland and France, large numbers of shoes are washing ashore.

By Hamish Mackay • bbcnews
June 19, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: france plastic-pollution oceans the-bahamas shipping atlantic-ocean ocean-pollution bermuda portugal republic-of-ireland nike-inc orkney

Atlantic Ocean 'running out of breath'

Edinburgh University leads an international research programme to assess the health of the Atlantic.

By Ken Macdonald • bbcnews
June 18, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: marine-biology atlantic-ocean oban

Grande America: France braces for oil spill damage after ship blaze

Tonnes of "hazardous materials" have spilled into the Atlantic after a container ship sank.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
March 14, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: environment france shipping atlantic-ocean

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