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Historical nautical maps show loss of coral reefs

Scientists have used detailed nautical maps created by British sailors in the 1700s to study more than two centuries of coral loss in the Florida Keys. They found that over the past 240 years, the region has lost more than half of its coral structures, with some areas, particularly closer to shore, either gone completely or having lost up to 90 percent of their extent.

Biodiversity just as powerful as climate change for healthy ecosystems

Biodiversity is proving to be one of humanity’s best defenses against extreme weather. In past experiments, diversity has fostered healthier, more productive ecosystems, like shoreline vegetation that guards against hurricanes.

Ship exhaust makes oceanic thunderstorms more intense

News, Pollution
Sep
12

Thunderstorms directly above two of the world’s busiest shipping lanes are significantly more powerful than storms in areas of the ocean where ships don’t travel, according to new research.

How Irma unfolded: the hurricane by the numbers

News
Sep
11

Irma set several meteorological records, with 37 hours of sustained 185mph winds in the Caribbean. Here’s a look at some more of the key figures.

Florida Keys compared to a “war zone” in wake of Hurricane Irma

News
Sep
11

Hurricane Irma has battered the Florida Keys, destroying roadways and isolating residents who didn’t evacuate the string of islands, prompting one county’s emergency management director to call the situation a possible “humanitarian crisis.”

East Coast of the USA is slowly sinking into the sea, study shows

The East Coast of the United States is threatened by more frequent flooding in the future. According to this study, the states of Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina are most at risk. Their coastal regions are being immersed by up to three millimeters per year , mong other things, due to human intervention.

Irma’s final phase: Flooding in the Southeast is biggest concern

News
Sep
11

Both storm surge and inland flooding, which cause the majority of deaths in tropical cyclones, remain a risk over the Southeast states.

Hurricane Irma is literally sucking the water away from shorelines, Video

News
Sep
10

Hurricane Irma is so strong and its pressure is so low, it’s changing the shape of an ocean, sucking water from its surroundings into the core of the storm.

Why storm surge is a hurricane’s greatest threat

News
Sep
9

Hurricane Irma could bring a potentially deadly storm surge, now expected to be 15 feet, when the storm passes along tthe entire west coast of Florida.

Sea salt around the world is contaminated by plastic, studies show

News, Pollution
Sep
8

New studies find microplastics in salt from the US, Europe and China, adding to evidence that plastic pollution is pervasive in the environment.

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