One of Earth's most biodiverse habitats lies off the Scottish west coast – but climate change could wipe it out

Maerl beds are the coral reefs of the British Isles. But like their tropical counterparts, they're threatened by climate change.

Cornelia Simon-Nutbrown, PhD Candidate in Marine Conservation, Heriot-Watt University • conversation
Sept. 15, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change uk-wildlife marine-biodiversity marine-ecosystems habitat-loss marine-life sealife

One of Earth's most biodiverse habitats lies off the Scottish coast – but climate change could wipe it out

Maerl beds are the coral reefs of the British Isles. But like their tropical counterparts, they're threatened by climate change.

Cornelia Simon-Nutbrown, PhD Candidate in Marine Conservation, Heriot-Watt University • conversation
Sept. 15, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change uk-wildlife marine-biodiversity marine-ecosystems habitat-loss marine-life sealife

Tiny plankton drive processes in the ocean that capture twice as much carbon as scientists thought

Microscopic ocean phytoplankton feed a "biological pump" that carries carbon from the surface to deep waters. Scientists have found that this process stores much more carbon than previously thought.

Ken Buesseler, Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution • conversation
May 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change carbon-sequestration photosynthesis marine-biodiversity oceans marine-biology marine-snow phytoplankton carbon-storage

We've just discovered two new shark species – but they may already be threatened by fishing

Scientists thought there was only one sixgill sawshark species – until now.

Andrew Temple, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Marine Biology, Newcastle University • conversation
March 18, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  conservation  sharks  sawfish  madagascar  zanzibar  new-species  marine-biodiversity  wildlife-monitoring  small-scale-fisheries  fishery-management

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