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A rapid assessment of co-benefits and trade-offs among Sustainable Development Goals

Achieving the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) results in many ecological, social, and economic consequences that are inter-related. Understanding relationships between sustainability goals and determining their interactions can help prioritize effective and efficient policy options. Show More Summary

Marine reserves can mitigate and promote adaptation to climate change

Strong decreases in greenhouse gas emissions are required to meet the reduction trajectory resolved within the 2015 Paris Agreement. However, even these decreases will not avert serious stress and damage to life on Earth, and additional steps are needed to boost the resilience of ecosystems, safeguard their wildlife, and protect their capacity to supply vital […]

Could acidifying oceans slow down coral disease?

Black band disease is less deadly to mountainous star coral (Orbicella faveolata) as water acidified, or decreased in pH, a new study has demonstrated. Coral reefs face intensifying struggles as greenhouse gases warm and acidify the ocean, but new research suggests a potential silver lining: Some coral diseases might also dwindle amid environmental change. A […]

Low pH reduces the virulence of black band disease on Orbicella faveolata

Black band is a deadly coral disease found worldwide, which may become more virulent as oceanic conditions continue to change. To determine the effects of climate change and ocean acidification on black band disease virulence, Orbicella faveolata corals with black band were exposed to different temperature and pH conditions. Show More Summary

It’s time to get serious about CO2

It’s time to get serious about CO2, for the ocean’s sake and for ours. Message from Mr Kosi Latu, Director General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), this World Environment Day “As we commemorate World Environment Day, connecting with nature, we focus our periscope on our Ocean. We must remember that […]

Refuges for hope

Ocean acidification widespread in the California current, but pockets of protection exist. First, the bad news: New data reveals that acidified ocean water is pervasive along the West Coast — and is likely to keep spreading. So what’s the good news? Persistent, less-acidic havens in some regions may be sheltering marine life from the harsher, […]

noaasanctuaries: What’s the biggest bony fish in the sea? The...

noaasanctuaries: What’s the biggest bony fish in the sea? The mola mola, or ocean sunfish!  This one was spotted in Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Mola molas spend time basking on their sides near the surface, with their pectoral fins flapping in the air. Have you spotted one while visiting your sanctuaries? (Photo: Maps for Good/NOAA/Point Blue/ACCESS)

Time sure flies—even for penguins! There are only 9 days left to...

A post shared by Monterey Bay Aquarium (@montereybayaquarium) on Jun 7, 2017 at 3:34pm PDT Time sure flies—even for penguins! There are only 9 days left to donate to The Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ “Invest In The Nest” Kickstarter to buy homes for African penguins in the wild.

Disentangling Giants: In Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, Helping Whales Is All About Teamwork

noaasanctuaries: Despite several coastal states, including California, implementing gear recovery programs in recent years to promote retrieval of derelict nets, tons of debris remains in our sea. Carried on ocean currents, fishing debris can travel across the globe. Show More Summary

Refuge Notebook: Pteropods: Beer Nuts of the ocean

Remember Beer Nuts? Those sweet and salty peanuts with a crunchy outer shell used to be a staple of football parties and baseball games. Plus, who can forget that great name? Just having a bag of Beer Nuts on a road trip or at the office could bring you instant friends. I first discovered them […]

Either Rosa’s taking a nap, or she thinks we otter chill on...

Either Rosa’s taking a nap, or she thinks we otter chill on the “otter” puns. In any case, when we saw this cute photo, we ottermatically knew we had to share it. Sorry Rosa, we’ll try to do botter next time. Otter.

Ocean acidity increasing along Pacific coast, study finds

The results of a study along the west coast of North America shows acidified ocean water is widespread along the shoreline and is having devastating impacts on coastal species. The three-year study of ocean currents was conducted along the California and Oregon coasts by researchers from Oregon State University. Show More Summary

Effects of ocean acidification on growth rate, calcified tissue, and behavior of the juvenile ochre sea star, Pisaster ochraceus

Anthropogenically-induced increases in the acidity of the ocean have the potential to seriously harm marine calcifying organisms by decreasing the availability of carbonate (CO32?) used to make shells. I tested the effects of lowered pH on juvenile Pisaster ochraceus, an intertidal sea star and keystone predator in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Populations of P. ochraceus […]

Developing and testing an ocean acidification case study

Case studies are used to supplement knowledge discussed in class by encouraging students to seek out further information on issues. I developed a case study on ocean acidification for general education environmental science classes and beginning science majors. Ocean chemistry is not typically discussed in detail in college courses, therefore my goal was to explain […]

Pingree reintroduces bipartisan bill to study impact of ocean acidification on coastal communities

Maine businesses and organizations have come out in support of the legislation. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree has reintroduced a bill that would require federal officials to work with coastal communities in Maine and around the country to address the impacts of ocean acidification. The bill, H.R. Show More Summary

In coral skeletons, microscopic portraits of resilience?

Coral reefs are sprawling, intricate ecosystems that house an estimated 25 percent of all marine life and can sometimes be seen from space. Yet they are formed by a process invisible to us. A study published in Science on Wednesday now presents a microscopic picture of the biology that makes corals’ skeletons grow. The findings suggest that coral may be […]

Biological control of aragonite formation in stony corals

Little is known about how stony corals build their calcareous skeletons. There are two prevailing hypotheses: that it is a physicochemically dominated process and that it is a biologically mediated one. Using a combination of ultrahigh-resolution...Show More Summary

neaq: Peek-a-boo! Electric eels have pretty terrible eyesight,...

neaq: Peek-a-boo! Electric eels have pretty terrible eyesight, they use electrical impulses to navigate. They can also inflict a hefty zap when they’re on the hunt for dinner! #VisitorPicture by ????: @ben_white_photography #regram #electriceel #peekaboo #freshwater #fish #newenglandaquarium #boston #massachusetts (at New England Aquarium) ?????

We’ve been seeing lots of humpback whale activity off the deck...

We’ve been seeing lots of humpback whale activity off the deck lately! The humpbacks that visit our waters spend their winters near Costa Rica and travel thousands of miles to feast on krill and schooling fish here in Monterey Bay. Whale-come, ocean travelers! ????

Before a clownfish can call an anemone home, it has to get...

Before a clownfish can call an anemone home, it has to get comfortable. By gently touching the anemone’s tentacles over a period of several hours or days, the fish forms a layer of mucus that’s resistant to stings. Then it’s time to start decorating!

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