World's oceans rise to hottest temperatures ever recorded 'by far'

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The world's oceans rose to the highest temperatures ever recorded "by far" in 2017, scientists have warned.  Research by a team of Chinese experts found the upper 2000 metres of ocean water were far warmer in 2017 than the previous hottest year in 2015.  The findings, published in the journal Advances in Atmospheric, show the annual electricity generation in China is 699 times smaller than the heat increase in the oceans last year.  "The long-term warming trend driven by human activities continued unabated," wrote research authors  Lijing Cheng and Jian Zhu, Writing in the Guardian , John Abraham, a professor of thermal sciences at the University of St Thomas in Minnesota, said last year's dramatic increase in temperatures made 2017 "by far" the hottest year on record for the world's oceans.  The findings also come after previous research showed greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere have risen to record high in 2017.  Last year was...
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An African island nation known for beautiful beaches is now a global leader in cutting greenhouse gases

Just less than a decade ago, the Seychelles—the archipelago nation of 115 island off the East African coast—faced a host of challenges in its climate protection efforts. Reports show that its environment has been vulnerable to numerous challenges including climate change, environmental degradation due to development, pollution and coral bleaching which affects its fisheries. While many of these challenges remain, things are changing. In its most recent efforts to minimize emission of greenhouse gas, the nation of just 95,000 people has improved considerably on the 2018 Environmental Performance Index , a biennial report by researchers at Yale University and Columbia University in collaboration with the World Economic Forum. In its two decades, the index observed that the Seychelles has emerged as the country with the highest improvement, citing its dedication to fighting greenhouse gas emissions. Data from the World Bank however shows Seychelles’ CO2 emissions has fluctuated over the years....
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Never-Before-Seen Viruses With Weird DNA Were Just Discovered in The Ocean

The ocean is crowded. As many as 10 million viruses can be found squirming in a single millilitre of its water, and it turns out they have friends we never even knew about. Scientists have discovered a previously unknown family of viruses that dominate the ocean and can't be detected by standard lab tests. Researchers suspect this viral multitude may already exist outside the water – maybe even inside us.   "We don't think it's ocean-specific at all," says environmental microbiologist Martin Polz from MIT. Polz and his MIT team, together with researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, analysed three months' worth of ocean water samples collected off the Massachusetts coast. Non-tailed viruses under electron microscope (Kauffman et al.) What they found floating in the water isn't just remarkable for what it possesses, but for what it doesn't. According to the researchers, the most abundant...
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First footage of Antarctic sea floor that’s never been visited by humans

This bizarre Antarctic sea urchin was found at a depth of 300 metres in the Antarctic (Photo: AFP/ Greenpeace/ Christian Aslund) It’s an alien world that exists on Planet Earth and has never been visited by any member of our landlubbing species. Now we can all see the wonders of a mysterious underwater oasis deep in the Antarctic ocean thanks to Greenpeace, which has released footage shot by its plucky robotic exploration craft. The environmental campaign group’s video shows a marine environment rich in sponges, coral and fish. It is calling for an ocean sanctuary covering 1.8 million square kilometres (700,000 square miles) in the Antarctic to protect species including whales and penguins. Proposals for the sanctuary have been submitted by the EU and backed by the German government and will be considered when the Antarctic Ocean Commission convenes in October 2018. To view this video please enable JavaScript, and...
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