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Planet likely to warm by 4C by 2100, scientists warn

Cicero - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 09:26
The Guardian: New climate model taking greater account of cloud changes indicates heating will be at higher end of expectations

Pacific coral happy as acidity of the ocean rises

Cicero - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 09:22
New Scientist: COULD corals survive ocean acidification against the odds? That's the hope raised by reefs found to be thriving in naturally acidified waters.

Australia saw hottest year on record in 2013

Cicero - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 09:19
BBC: Australia experienced its hottest year on record in 2013, officials have said.

NOAA Seeks Comments on Proposed Authorization for Navy Sonar Operations off the Coast of the Mariana Islands

NOAA’s Fisheries Service is seeking comments now through November 19 on its proposed rule to authorize impacts to marine mammals during Navy training exercises around the Mariana Islands. The NOAA proposal includes protective measures designed to minimize effects on marine mammals.

Indiana School Welcomes Home NOAA ‘Teacher at Sea’ from Arctic Voyage

Today, students from Carmel Middle School in Carmel, Ind., welcomed home Christine Hedge, a seventh-grade science teacher who spent six weeks in the Arctic Ocean on board the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Healy as part of a multi-year, multi-agency effort to collect seafloor mapping and oceanographic data along the North American Extended Continental Shelf.

New NOAA System Improves Safety and Efficiency of Ships on the Lower Mississippi River and Port of New Orleans

Ship captains and pleasure boaters can now get free real-time information on water and weather conditions for the lower Mississippi River from a new NOAA ocean observing system that makes piloting a ship safer and more efficient.

NOAA: Global Surface Temperature Was Second Warmest for September

The combined global land and ocean surface temperature was the second warmest September on record, according to NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C.

NOAA Will Not List Two Spotted Seal Populations as Endangered or Threatened

NOAA’s Fisheries Service today announced that two of three populations totaling more than 200,000 spotted seals in and near Alaska are not currently in danger of extinction or likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future. The announcement follows an 18-month status review.

2009 Winter Outlook

El Niño to Help Steer U.S. Winter Weather

Statement from Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator, Announcing Support for Listing Atlantic Bluefin Tuna on International Trade Endangered Species List

The United States today announced that it will seek the strongest possible management for the conservation of Atlantic bluefin tuna, a fish which is in serious trouble.

NOAA Scientists Study Historic ‘Dust Bowl’ and Plains Droughts for Triggers

After analyzing historical records and climate model data for two major U.S. droughts in the 1930s and 1950s, NOAA scientists found two very different causes, shedding new light on our understanding of what triggers drought.

NOAA: September Temperature Above-Average for the U.S.

The average September temperature of 66.4 degrees F was 1.0 degree F above the 20th Century average. Precipitation across the contiguous United States in September averaged 2.48 inches, exactly the 1901-2000 average.

NOAA Announces $9 Million in Ocean Education Grants to National Aquariums

NOAA today announced 11 grants totaling more than $9 million that will create new education projects in aquariums across the nation. The projects will educate visitors about the ocean and encourage better stewardship of the marine environment.

NOAA Reports Health of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

A new NOAA report on the health of California’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary indicates that the overall condition of the sanctuary’s marine life and habitat ranges from good (highest rating) to fair (moderate rating), but identifies several threats to sanctuary resources, such as growing coastal populations, agricultural and urban runoff, vessel traffic and marine debris.

NOAA Gives Great White Sharks More Protection in Gulf of the Farallones Sanctuary

New regulations to protect the great white shark are now in effect in NOAA’s Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, a marine protected area just west of San Francisco. 

NOAA’s Fisheries Service Issues Recovery Plan for Mid-Columbia Steelhead

NOAA’s Fisheries Service today released its recovery plan for Middle Columbia River steelhead, a fish that was first given protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1999.

New Research to Improve Management of Toxic Red Tides in the Gulf of Maine

NOAA has awarded $457,000 in competitive grant funding to support three projects to better track and manage outbreaks of toxic red tide algae that threaten public health and New England’s shellfish industry.

NOAA Awards Funds to Improve Toxic Algal Bloom Predictions in the Western Gulf of Mexico

NOAA is awarding $178,358 for the first year of a project to improve predictions of toxic algal blooms in the western Gulf of Mexico as part of an evolving national ecological forecasting capability. NOAA anticipates a nearly $1 million investment in this large-scale regional project over the next four years. The project is funded by the interagency Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms, or ECOHAB, program.

NOAA to Close Recreational Fishery for Black Sea Bass for Six Months Due to Overharvest

NOAA announced today the temporary closure of the black sea bass recreational fishery in federal waters north of Cape Hatteras, N.C., for 180 days in response to recent landings data that showed recreational fishermen may catch more than double their annual quota by the end of the year. The closure will commence Monday, October 5, 2009.

Unusual Arctic Warmth, Tropical Wetness Likely Cause for Methane Increase

Unusually high temperatures in the Arctic and heavy rains in the tropics likely drove a global increase in atmospheric methane in 2007 and 2008 after a decade of near-zero growth, according to a new study. Methane is the second most abundant greenhouse gas after carbon dioxide, albeit a distant second.
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