Scientists solve deep ocean carbon riddle

Vent chimney at the Von Damm vent site in the Caribbean.

New research involving scientists from University of Southampton and the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS) has identified a crucial process behind the reason why dissolved organic carbon (DOC) levels in the deep oceans are constant despite a continuous supply from the surface ocean.

The pool of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in the oceans is as large as all of the carbon in the atmosphere. Phytoplankton, which remove CO2 from the atmosphere and convert into more complex carbon compounds, are the primary source of DOC in the ocean. Read more »

Melting Arctic sea ice accelerates methane emissions

Svalbard. © Frans-Jan Parmentier

Methane emissions from Arctic tundra increase when sea ice melts, according to a new study from Lund University in Sweden. This connection has been suspected before, but has lacked strong evidence until now. “Changes in the Arctic Ocean can affect ecosystems located far away on land, ” says Dr. Frans-Jan Parmentier, the study’s lead author and researcher at the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Lund University. Read more »

Crisis in global oceans as populations of marine species halve in size since 1970

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White tip reef shark, Triaenodon obesus, close-up. Phoenix Islands, Kiribati. (© Cat Holloway / WWF)

WWF’s Living Blue Planet report, an updated study of marine mammals, birds, reptiles and fish, shows a decline of 49 per cent in the size of marine populations between 1970 and 2012. As well as being disastrous for ecosystems, these findings spell trouble for all nations, especially people in the developing world who depend heavily on the ocean’s resources. Read more »

Receding snowpack highlights impacts of California drought

A sparse covering of snow on the Sierra Nevada in California (Image: oliver.dodd via Flickr)

The snowpack on the Sierra Nevada range between California and Nevada is lower than at any time in the last 500 years. Researchers report in Nature Climate Change that the level of snow at the end of March on the high hills was just one-twentieth of the average for the last half century.

Snow is winter rain that doesn’t run off the hills immediately. So in Mediterranean climates − characterised by winter rainfall and warm, dry summers − the snowpack is a vital resource. Read more »

Paying farmers to help the environment works, but ‘perverse’ subsidies must be balanced

Vast pivot irrigator shows farming encroaching on wilderness in New Zealand. Credit: Peter Scott (

New research suggests that offering financial incentives for farming industries to mitigate the impact agriculture has on the environment, by reducing fertiliser use and ‘sparing’ land for conservation, for example, actually has a positive effect on critical areas such as greenhouse gas reduction and increased biodiversity. Read more »

Sounds of the Shore: The British Library and the National Trust are creating a coastal soundmap of the UK

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Beam Engine Houses, Bollatack, Cornwall (© David Noton)

The British Library, in collaboration with the National Trust, the National Trust for Scotland and audioBoom Ltd, need your help to create the first ever coastal soundmap of the UK. Mike Collins of the National Trust explains how you can get involved. Read more »

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