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Radiolaria siliceous zooplankton. Credit: Scenics & Science / Alamy Stock Photo.

Climate change is driving plankton towards the poles, study says

Communities of zooplankton – microscopic drifting animals that underpin marine ecosystems – are migrating poleward in response to climate change,... Read More

Marine life | May 22. 2019.
Sun rays filtering through a row of trees, Kappel, Switzerland. Credit: imageBROKER / Alamy Stock Photo. FJBXTK

State of the climate: Heat across Earth's surface and oceans mark early 2019

Global surface temperatures in 2019 are on track to be either the second or third warmest since records began in the mid-1800s, behind only 2016 and... Read More

State of the climate | Apr 23. 2019.
Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops Truncates). Credit: Brad Leue / Alamy Stock Photo.

Bottlenose dolphin numbers declined by ‘12%’ following marine heatwave

An unprecedented spell of marine heat in Shark Bay, Australia, caused bottlenose dolphin numbers to decline for the following six years, a study... Read More

Marine life | Apr 1. 2019.
Arctic sea ice. Credit: Rowan Romeyn / Alamy Stock Photo. F7AKDM

Arctic sea ice winter peak in 2019 is seventh lowest on record

Arctic sea ice has reached its maximum extent for the year, peaking at 14.78m square kilometres (sq km) on 13 March. It is the joint seventh smallest... Read More

Sea ice | Mar 20. 2019.
Atlantic cod swimming off Rockall, UK. Credit: Paulo Oliveira / Alamy Stock Photo. RB1DGJ

Ocean warming has caused ‘sustainable’ fish stocks to drop by 4% since 1930s

Warming of the world’s oceans has caused the total amount of fish that can be caught sustainably to fall by an average of 4% globally since the... Read More

Marine life | Feb 28. 2019.
A boat transports people towards a glacier in Antarctica. Credit: Robert German / Alamy Stock Photo. M9B4XN

Studies shed new light on Antarctica’s future contribution to sea level rise

A widely reported study in 2016 that suggested Antarctica could add more than a metre to sea levels by 2100 was likely an “overestimate”, new... Read More

Sea level rise | Feb 6. 2019.
The deployment of the first OSNAP science mooring, named 'IC0', which measured water column properties on the western flank of the Reykjanes Ridge as part of the OSNAP array. July 2014. Credit: Credit: Heather Furey, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Major study uncovers ‘sea change’ in world’s understanding of Atlantic conveyor belt

An international research programme has uncovered data that could transform scientists’ understanding of the Atlantic Ocean current – a... Read More

Oceans | Jan 31. 2019.

State of the climate: How the world warmed in 2018

The climate data for 2018 is now mostly in, though the ongoing shutdown of the US government has caused some datasets to be delayed. ... Read More

Global temperature | Jan 17. 2019.
Bradley Beach, US.

Guest post: Observations and models agree that the oceans are warming faster

Dr Lijing Cheng is an associate professor at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics in China; Prof John Abraham is a professor in the School of... Read More

Guest posts | Jan 10. 2019.

Analysis: The climate papers most featured in the media in 2018

In a year dominated by events such as Brexit, royal weddings, the Salisbury poisonings, US Supreme Court nominations and the World Cup, there was... Read More

Features | Jan 8. 2019.
E4A6TD Transiting the Lemaire Channel in heavy first year sea ice, Antarctica, Polar Regions

Natural ocean fluctuations could help explain Antarctic sea ice changes

Since satellite records of sea ice began in the 1970s, the world’s poles have shown a contrasting picture. While Arctic sea ice levels have fallen... Read More

Sea ice | Dec 3. 2018.
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