NOAA report shows climate change is killing Floridas coral reefs

November 20, 2020 by  
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A status report released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) shows that overall, coral reefs in the U.S. are currently in fair condition, but these reefs are vulnerable to severe decline in the near future. This threat is the worst along the Florida coast, where few corals remain, and about 98% of the dead corals in this area were lost because of climate change. Prepared in collaboration with the Maryland Center for Environmental Science, the report provides a clear picture on the status of the country’s reefs. The report looks at the coral reefs along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts and is the first of its kind to take a comprehensive look at major coral reefs in the U.S., including around the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa and Hawaii. Researchers analyzed reef data collected between 2012 and 2018. Related: The Great Barrier Reef has lost 50% of its corals to climate change The main threats to the coral reefs in the U.S. include disease, fishing and ocean warming and acidification . NOAA officials say that although the corals are in a fair condition as a whole, their future looks dire. The state of ocean warming and acidification is on the rise in most coastal regions. At the same time, other threats, such as coral disease, are also worsening. To retain and revive the country’s corals, measures need to be put in place to curb the threats. Jennifer Koss, director of NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program, said that the threats to coral reefs have increased due to climate change. “It used to be mostly water quality … but now it’s pretty well accepted that it’s predominantly climate change ,” Koss said. Coral reefs are biologically rich zones and account for about 25% of all marine life. They also help protect shorelines from hurricanes and storms. Reefs are even economically beneficial, because they are a rich source of fish and serve as vibrant tourist attractions. NOAA researchers have now expressed their concerns about the future of corals in the U.S. Following the report, experts are urging agencies, individuals and the federal government to take actions that will protect the remaining coral reefs before it’s too late. + NOAA Via The Guardian Image via NOAA

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US Rivers and Streams Heating Up – Temperatures Rising Annually

April 7, 2010 by  
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Photo of Delaware River via eudaimon A new study by researchers at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and published in Yale 360 shows that the ocean isn’t the only body of water with a temperature on the hike. America’s rivers and streams are also experiencing temperature rise, from the Colorado to the Potomac, the Delaware to the Hudson, 40 rivers and streams were tested with half showing significant long-term warming trends

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How Fast is Electric Car Fast Charging? Gearless Explores (Video)

April 7, 2010 by  
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Image credit: Gearless Gearless, the online show based around Robert Llewellyn’s year-long review of the MiEV electric car has already been making waves—and if this Gearless Update was anything to go by, the rest of the year should be a fascinating insight into the pros and cons of electrified transportation. Now Robert is ready with another episode, and this time he takes the MiEV to Mitsubishi head quarters to put their fast charging station through its pace… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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