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The Washington Post’s excellent series entitled “2 Degrees: Beyond the Limit” by Max Bearak and Chris Mooney
with amazing photos by Carolyn Van Houten has highlighted the many ways that the climate crisis is already causing great hardship around the globe. The most recent installment tells the story of Tombwa, Angola — a small fishing village of 50,000 people that has been decimated in the last twenty years by a “perfect storm” of powerful forces caused directly or indirectly by climate change: the fish are suffocating in oxygen-depleted waters, huge foreign trawlers are illegally overfishing what remains, and the water temperature is 2 degrees warmer than it was in 1982.
To Go Deeper: The same phenomenon of fisheries being negatively impacted by climate change is taking place in Iceland and Northern Europe in a great story in The New York Times by Kendra Pierre-Lewis. And consider this nugget from that article: “A study led by Sara Mitchell, a professor of political science at the University of Iowa, found that, since World War II, a quarter of militarized disputes between democracies have been over fisheries.“
UNESCO has launched a new program to collect, analyze, and monitor environmental DNA (AKA eDNA) to better understand biodiversity at its marine World Heritage sites. Scientists will collect genetic material from fish cells, mucus, and waste across multiple locations along with eDNA from soil, water, and air. The two-year project will help experts assess […]
It’s about time we had a conversation about the birds and the bees…or in this case, the otters and the seagrass. A new study found that the ecological relationship between sea otters and the seagrass fields where they make their home is spurring the rapid reproduction of the plants. Otters dig up about 5% of […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor An abandoned oil tanker off the coast of Yemen is deteriorating rapidly, and experts say that a hull breach could have far-reaching environmental impacts and threaten millions of people’s access to food and water supplies. The FSO SAFER tanker holds 1.1 million barrels of oil — more than four […]
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