What a million corals in 2,500 reefs tell us about saving them

Researchers examined more than a million corals one-by-one for a new study on what we can do to save reefs in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

Tom Vasich-UC Irvine | Aug. 14, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment algae climate-change conservation corals oceans

Lake Tahoe shows microplastics aren’t just an ocean problem

Lake Tahoe, one of the clearest, cleanest lakes in the US, shows how that the issue of microplastics goes way beyond the oceans.

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis | Aug. 8, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured freshwater lake-tahoe oceans plastics pollution soil

Grooming for ‘natural beauty’ messes up beach biodiversity

Attempts to turn Southern California beaches into Instagram-worthy tourist hot spots are stripping them of their biodiversity, a new study shows.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB | Aug. 5, 2019 | futurity
~9 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment beaches biodiversity ecosystems oceans

Microbes in secret Arctic salt water hint at alien life

Microbes from salty, subzero waters in the Arctic could give researchers a glimpse of the kinds of environments where they might one day find alien life.

Hannah Hickey-UW | July 22, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology alien-life evolution ice microbes oceans

Team cracks mystery of missing jumbo squid

The collapse of a major jumbo squid fishery in Mexico was a mystery, but new research may have cracked the case—and serves as a warning for the future.

Michelle Horton-Stanford | July 19, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment fishing oceans squid weather

When viruses kill diatoms, other algae benefit big time

Diatoms aren't immune to deadly viral infections as researchers once thought, but their deaths may help other algae survive.

Todd Bates-Rutgers | July 18, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology algae oceans viruses

‘Refugee corals’ move to escape warming seas

New research offers "a nugget of hope for the resilience and survival of coral reefs."

U. Washington | July 17, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment climate-change corals oceans

To farm mussels offshore, consider ocean cycles

Ocean cycles can have a big impact on offshore mussel farms, research finds. The work could clarify how climate change will affect aquaculture.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara | July 17, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment climate-change fisheries food mussels oceans sustainability

Sea urchins aren’t just ‘bad guys’

Sea urchins have gotten a bad rap as destroyers of giant kelp forests, but they may help their ecosystems a lot more than they hurt them.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara | July 17, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment ecosystems giant-kelp oceans urchin

Where is ocean biodiversity most at risk?

New research takes new info into account to create a map of global ocean biodiversity risks and how they correspond to protected areas.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara | July 10, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment biodiversity conservation extinction oceans

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