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Giant iceberg breaks off Antarctica

LONDON (Reuters) - One of the biggest icebergs on record has broken away from Antarctica, scientists said on Wednesday, creating an extra hazard for ships around the continent as it breaks up. The one trillion tonne iceberg, measuring 5,800 square km, calved away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica sometime between July 10 and 12, said scientists at the University of Swansea and the British Antarctic Survey. The iceberg, which is roughly the size of the U.S. state of Delaware or the Indonesian island of Bali, has been close to breaking off for a few months. Throughout the Antarctic winter, scientists monitored the progress of the rift in the ice shelf using the European Space Agency satellites.  "The iceberg is one of the largest recorded and its future progress is difficult to predict," said Adrian Luckman, professor at Swansea University and lead investigator of Project MIDAS, which has...
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A MATTER OF DEGREE - What happens if global temperatures rise 2-3 degrees C? Doesn't sound like much does it? #CLIMATECHANGE https://t.co/LxH2IYj9p7

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While Corals Die Along The Great Barrier Reef, Humans Struggle To Adjust

Aerial view of the Heart Reef, part of the Great Barrier Reef Arterra/UIG via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Arterra/UIG via Getty Images Aerial view of the Heart Reef, part of the Great Barrier Reef Arterra/UIG via Getty Images Nearly a hundred miles off the shore of Port Douglas, Australia, tourists jump into the water of the outer reef. On their dive, they see giant clams, sea turtles and a rainbow of tropical fish, all swimming above brightly colored coral. On a boat, marine biologist Lorna Howlett quizzes the tourists in the sunshine. "How many people out there saw a coral highlighter-yellow?" she asks, eliciting a show of hands. "What about highlighter-blue? Yeah? Anyone see some hot pinks?" Many think of vibrantly colored coral as an example of natural beauty. But in fact, these are early signs that the coral is dying. Healthy coral is usually earth-tone. Kyle Taylor/Flickr...
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UK to withdraw from international fishing arrangement

Image copyright Press Eye The government is to end an arrangement that allows other countries to fish in UK waters, it has been announced. The convention allows Irish, Dutch, French, German and Belgian vessels to fish within six and 12 nautical miles of UK coastline. Environment Secretary Michael Gove said the move would help take back control of fishing access to UK waters. The European Commission said it "took note" but felt the convention had been superseded by EU law. Ireland's minister for agriculture, food and the marine, Michael Creed, said it was "unwelcome and unhelpful". "Brexit poses very serious challenges to the seafood sector and this announcement will form part of the negotiations," he said. But the Scottish government backed the idea, saying it had pressed for the move "for some time" . The London Fisheries Convention sits alongside the EU Common Fisheries Policy, which allows all European countries...
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A Group of Scientists Says We Have Three Years to Save The Planet From Irreversible Destruction

A planet devastated by climate change may seem like a distant future. But Earth is already experiencing effects today. Globally,  the mean rate of sea level  rise increased  50 percent  in the last two decades. In 2017, temperatures have already reached their highest levels in history in some areas, from  California  to  Vietnam . And the past three years were  the hottest on record .   In a new open letter , six prominent scientists and diplomats, including former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres and physicist Stefan Rahmstorf, wrote that the world has approximately three years before the worst effects of climate change take hold. Published June 28, the letter urges governments, businesses, scientists, and citizens to address the world's greenhouse-gas emissions now. If emissions can be permanently lowered by 2020, global temperatures will likely avoid reaching an irreversible threshold, they write. Impacts would  include  rapid deforestation, floods from rising...
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What is the National Ocean Policy? #oceanplanning @natloceanpolicy @ouroceanmarco @neoceanplanning https://t.co/PdpWgRlQEo

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Global coral bleaching event likely ending | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The latest NOAA forecast shows that widespread coral bleaching is no longer occurring in all three ocean basins – Atlantic, Pacific and Indian – indicating the likely end to the global coral bleaching event. Scientists will closely monitor sea surface temperatures and bleaching over the next six months to confirm the event’s end. NOAA declared the beginning of the third-ever global coral bleaching event in 2015. Since then, all tropical coral reefs around the world have seen above-normal temperatures, and more than 70 percent experienced prolonged high temperatures that can cause bleaching. U.S. coral reefs were hit hardest, with two years of severe bleaching in Florida and Hawaii, three in the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, and four in Guam. Fortunately, some coral reef areas did not bleach despite the damaging conditions. Scientists will be looking into these areas to see if characteristics of the corals or their environment somehow...
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New research may resolve a climate ‘conundrum’ across the history of human civilization

Earth’s last ice age ended about 12,000 years ago. The warmer and more stable climate that followed allowed for the development of agriculture and the rise of human civilization. This important period encompassing the past 12,000 years is referred to as the Holocene geological epoch . It also created a “ conundrum ” for climate scientists, because global temperatures simulated by climate models didn’t match reconstructions from proxy data. To be specific, the overall temperature change during the Holocene matched pretty well in reconstructions and models, but the pattern didn’t. The best proxy reconstruction from a 2013 paper led by Shaun Marcott estimated more warming than models from 12,000 to 7,000 years ago. Then over the past 7,000 years, Marcott’s reconstruction estimated about 0.5°C cooling while model simulations showed the planet warming by about the same amount. A new paper led by Jonathan Baker may help to resolve that discrepancy....
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