What is the ‘carbon thirst’ of the world’s oceans?

What’s Going On Here? A recent paper in Nature Communications has found that the world’s oceans could be absorbing significantly more carbon from the atmosphere than previously thought. What Does This Mean? The ocean is a carbon sink and absorbs around 25% of global atmospheric carbon dioxide through a process called the ‘ocean-atmosphere CO2 flux’. This amounts to about 2 billion tonnes…

Greenland ice sheet melts over tipping point

What’s Going On Here? The Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS) is melting at such a high rate that even if global heating were to stop today, the ice would continue to disappear. What Does This Mean? According to a new study conducted by scientists at Ohio State University, the world’s second largest ice sheet has reached a tipping point, whereby annual snowfall is…

What is this article a-boat anyway? World Oceans Day

What’s Going On Here? On Monday 8th June we celebrated World Oceans Day – established in 1922 to help protect our blue planet. This year, the global movement is calling on world leaders to protect 30% of oceans by 2030. Let-Minnow Some More… This initiative called 30×30 is designed to help safeguard at least 30% of our oceans through a network of Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs) that…

UK expands ‘Blue Belt’ to protect 12,000kmsq of new marine areas

What’s Going On Here? The UK Government announced the creation of 41 new marine conservation zones around the UK’s coastline, covering an area eight times the size of London and expanding the UK’s marine ‘Blue Belt’ to an area twice the size of England. What Does This Mean? This is the largest expansion of the UK’s marine ‘Blue Belt’ to date. The expansion comes…

Oh pollocks! UK Mackerel stripped of its sustainable status

What’s Going On Here? UK mackerel, once considered a sustainable option for fish-eaters, has been stripped of its sustainable status after years of overfishing. What Does This Mean? The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) came to the decision after a huge drop in mackerel stocks. According to The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), stocks have dropped over 2 million tonnes in…

Coral Bleaching Claimed as ‘Fake News’

What’s Going On Here? A British journalist, James Delingpole, has denounced to the world that news regarding bleached coral on the Great Barrier Reef was “just a fake news lie designed to promote the climate alarmist agenda.” What Does This Mean? Reacting badly to an article in the Washington Post entitled “Humans are killing the Great Barrier Reef…” James Delingpole hit out at…

Polar Ice Levels Reach Record Low

What’s Going On Here? Data from NASA, NOAA and the National Snow & Ice Data Center has confirmed that 2017 has set a new record for the lack of winter ice in both the Artic and Antartic. What Does This Mean? Since 1979, satellites have continuously been measuring the levels of sea ice at both the Artic and Antarctic. The image below…