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Lab-Grown Coral Is The Latest Hail Mary Plan To Save Earth's Reefs

Earth’s coral reefs are dying so quickly that some scientists say they will be gone by mid-century. But now, there’s a desperate attempt afoot to save these incredible organisms from extinction: in vitro fertilisation.


Microsoft Wants To Build Data Centres Underwater

“50% of us live near the coast,” Microsoft says. “Why doesn’t our data?”


We're Emptying the Oceans of Fish And Filling Them With Plastic 

Two reports out this week paint an alarming future for Earth’s oceans. The first one, published by the Wold Economic Forum, finds that by 2050 the oceans will contain more plastic than fish by weight. The second, which appears in Nature Communications, reveals that our nets have raked in far more fish over the past 60 years than we realised.


We Know Exactly Where All The Heat From The 'Global Warming Hiatus' Went

You might remember hearing about the global warming “hiatus” a few years back — a pause in Earth’s inexorably rising temperature, which some used as evidence that climate change is a hoax. But scientists are now completely sure that the pause never happened. And we know exactly where the missing heat wound up.


Thanks To El Niño, Rare Tropical Storms Signal A Wacky Start To 2016

For the first time since records began, two tropical storms — one in the Atlantic and one in the Pacific — have appeared at the same time in January. Named Alex and Pali, these storms are being fuelled by unusually warm surface waters. On their own, these early storms are rare occurrences. This is first hurricane to form over the Atlantic since in January since 1938, according to NASA. But the fact that they’re appearing at the same time in January is altogether unprecedented. Normally, a converging event like this wouldn’t happen until July.


Here's The Most Complete Ocean Floor Map Ever Made

What lies beneath the deep blue sea? So much more than you might think.


Rising Temperatures Are Driving Hundreds Of Species To The North And South Poles

As global temperatures rise, many animal species are edging toward the poles and even climbing mountains to stay within their preferred temperature ranges. The result is a slow but noticeable shift in the world’s ecosystems, both on land and at sea.


This New Ocean Simulator Will Test Marine Engineering To Destruction 

Ever wondered how engineers check if their designs — from ships to wind turbines — will fair against an aggressive ocean? With something like this new facility at the University of Maine, which uses 32 fans and 16 paddles to simulate the most fierce of marine conditions.


This Modular Hi-Tech Buoy Is Helping Africa To Monitor Its Coasts

A hi-tech buoy that provides real-time data can play a key role in helping South Africa manage its coastal waters. It could also be deployed beyond the country’s waters.


An Ancient Volcanic Collapse Triggered An 240 Metre Tsunami Wave

Scientists have just uncovered one of the largest tsunami events in the geologic record, and naturally, it started with an epic splash. 73,000 years ago, the eastern flank of Cape Verde’s Fogo volcano collapsed into the sea, kicking up an 240m wave.


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