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A recent paper in the Journal of Physical Oceanography details the specific challenges posed by the many millions of tons of plastic dumped into the ocean every years. The findings indicate that solving the problem may have complicating factors beyond just raw scale (4.8 million to 12.7 million metric tons of dumped in 2015 alone). Read about the research on EurekAlert!.

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Public Release: 23-Feb-2016
NASA sees pinhole eye seen in weakening Tropical Cyclone Winston
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite saw that Tropical Cyclone Winston maintained a pinhole eye as it tracked east of southern Vanuatu's islands in the Southern Pacific Ocean on Feb. 23, 2016. Infrared imagery showed bands of strong thunderstorms were wrapping into the low-level center of the storm.
NASA

Contact: Rob Gutro
robert.j.gutro@nasa.gov
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 23-Feb-2016
2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting
El Niño prolongs longest global coral bleaching event
Global warming and the intense El Niño now underway are prolonging the longest global coral die-off on record, according to NOAA scientists monitoring and forecasting the loss of corals from disease and heat stress due to record ocean temperatures.

Contact: Lauren Lipuma
llipuma@agu.org
504-427-6069
American Geophysical Union

Public Release: 23-Feb-2016
2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting
World's large river deltas continue to degrade from human activity
From the Yellow River in China to the Mississippi River in Louisiana, researchers are racing to better understand and mitigate the degradation of some of the world's most important river deltas, according to a University of Colorado Boulder faculty member.
National Science Foundation

Contact: James Syvitski
james.syvitski@colorado.e
303-735-5482
University of Colorado at Boulder

Public Release: 23-Feb-2016
PLOS ONE
Creation of an island: The extinction of animals on Zanzibar
Researchers at the University of York have been part of the first comprehensive study of how Zanzibar was formed, charting the extinction of various animals from the island.
European Research Council, Newton Research Travel Grant

Contact: Saskia Angenent
saskia.angenent@york.ac.uk
44-019-043-23918
University of York

Public Release: 23-Feb-2016
Current Biology
Humans speeding up evolution by causing extinction of 'younger' species
Just three years after crayfish were introduced to a B.C. lake, two species of fish that had existed in the lake for thousands of years were suddenly extinct. But it's what took their place that has scientists fascinated. New research from UBC shows that when humans speed up the usually slow process of evolution by introducing new species, it can result in a lasting impact on the ecosystem.

Contact: Heather Amos
heather.amos@ubc.ca
604-822-3213
University of British Columbia

Public Release: 23-Feb-2016
Nature Communications
New Nature Communications study says 'fear itself' can help restore ecosystems
Lions, wolves and other large carnivores are frightening beasts that strike fear into humans and other animals. A new study led by Western University demonstrates that the fear these top predators inspire can have cascading effects down the food chain critical to maintaining healthy ecosystems, making large carnivore conservation all the more valuable given the significant 'ecosystem service' the fear of them provides.

Contact: Stephen Ledgley
sledgley@uwo.ca
519-661-2111 x85283
University of Western Ontario

Public Release: 22-Feb-2016
PLOS ONE
Species groups follow patterns reacting to climate change on US northeast shelf
Researchers studying groups of species with similar depth and temperature distribution have found that those groups have similar responses to the effects of climate change. Interactions between individual species in those groups, however, may be affected by the amount of available habitat, predator-prey relationships, and competition for food resulting from shifts in range and distribution. The study evaluated the pace and magnitude of climate change effects for nearly 70 demersal or bottom-dwelling species on the US Northeast Shelf.
NOAA Fisheries Northeast Fisheries Science Center, The Nature Conservancy, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Contact: Shelley Dawicki
shelley.dawicki@noaa.gov
508-495-2378
NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center

Public Release: 22-Feb-2016
Nature
Researchers sequence seagrass genome, unlocking valuable resource
Researchers say a fully sequenced Z. marina genome is a valuable resource that can advance research in a variety of areas. It could be used to study how marine ecosystems adapt under climate warming or to unravel the mechanisms of salt tolerance that assist in the breeding of crop plants.

Contact: Peter Bothum
pbothum@udel.edu
302-831-1418
University of Delaware

Public Release: 22-Feb-2016
2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting
Geophysical Research Letters
Intense deep-ocean turbulence in equatorial Pacific could help drive global circulation
The findings could help solve an outstanding mystery about the global ocean conveyor belt and improve future climate forecasts.

Contact: Ker Than
kerthan@stanford.edu
650-723-9820
Stanford's School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

Public Release: 22-Feb-2016
NASA sees category 5 southern Pacific Tropical cyclone hit Fiji
NASA satellites provided data on Tropical Cyclone Winston before and after it made an historic landfall in eastern Fiji. The GPM, Suomi NPP and Aqua satellites provided forecasters with data that showed rainfall, strength and extent of the storm.
NASA

Contact: Rob Gutro
robert.j.gutro@nasa.gov
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

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