Dead fish carry mercury into ocean’s deepest trench

"Mercury that we believe had once been in the stratosphere is now in the deepest trench on Earth." Here's why that important.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
Nov. 24, 2020 ~9 min

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Fishing saps the ocean’s power to capture carbon

By taking fish out of the ocean that would otherwise die and sink to the bottom, fishing has a negative impact on the ocean's carbon sequestration.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Nov. 19, 2020 ~6 min

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‘Squid pops’ reveal how predator fish handle warmer water

New research using squid on sticks underwater to lure predator fish shows how climate change has affected food webs in oceans.

Jim Barlow-Oregon • futurity
Nov. 13, 2020 ~6 min

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Huge toothy birds once soared over penguins

Fossils from extinct pelagornithids indicate that they'd dwarf the 11.5-foot wingspan of today's largest bird, the wandering albatross.

Robert Sanders-UC Berkeley • futurity
Oct. 29, 2020 ~8 min

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Darwin’s theory about atolls is ‘beautiful’ but wrong

Charles Darwin's theory about the formation of atolls is elegant, but doesn't reflect key information: sea level. Researchers now correct his work.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
Oct. 13, 2020 ~12 min

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Blue whales switch when they sing for migration

Blue whales switch from nighttime to daytime singing when they start to migrate, according to a new study.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford • futurity
Oct. 9, 2020 ~9 min

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Finding ‘breathable’ seas may get tough for marine critters

Some marine animals may tolerate warming seas—but climate change could make it harder for many to find "breathable" places to live, a new study shows.

James Urton-U. Washington • futurity
Oct. 6, 2020 ~7 min

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To fight climate change, put algae on the menu

To find sustainable foods, researchers argue we should be looking to the bottom of the ocean at things like algae, squid, seaweed, and more.

Ida Eriksen-U. Copenhagen • futurity
Oct. 6, 2020 ~6 min

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Lack of iron may limit coral resilience to warming seas

Limited access to iron at high ocean temperatures may harm coral resistance to a warming ocean, a new study shows.

Gail McCormick-Penn State • futurity
Oct. 5, 2020 ~6 min

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Jupiter’s moons may keep each other toasty

Jupiter's moons are pretty hot, at least hotter than they should be, given how far away they are from the sun. A new study explains why that may be.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona • futurity
Sept. 14, 2020 ~6 min

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