According to a new study in press in Geophysical Research Letters, the heat trapped by greenhouse gases has warmed the world’s ocean consistently over the past 50+ years. Notably, our ocean stores over 90% of the heat generated by global warming. Read more here.
In the search for answers to how global warming will be affecting our ecosystems, some researchers are turning to snails for answers. This Crosscut article features work done at FHL by professor Emily Carrington. Read more here!
A new study out in Conservation Biology finds that there are less than 1 in 10 Pacific reef sharks left, after the past few decades of effects by humans. The spatial pattern of the drastic decline is highly correlated to human presence, even if that presence is just 100 people living on an atoll. Read more about this study here.
In a new study out today in Science, researchers have found that the world’s water cycle has accelerated by 4% over the past 50 years. That might not sound like a lot, but it’s double what had been previously predicted, and this trend is an indicator of the potential for greater droughts and floods. Check out this New York Times writeup of the research, or this story in Scientific American.
Check out this astounding time-lapse video, made of hundreds of photographs over the past 8 years, of Alaska’s Columbia Glacier as it rapidly loses its mass to the ocean. The world’s glaciers and ice caps — excluding those in Greenland and Antarctica — lost 148 gigatonnes per year between January 2003 and December 2010. Want to know more? Read more here.