Climate change helped produce San Diego's huge ocean heat wave in 2018, researchers find
SAN DIEGO — University of California, San Diego researchers have confirmed that climate change helped produce the historic 43-day ocean heat wave that drew big crowds to San Diego beaches during the summer of 2018.The finding was published in the Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, in a paper that says the phenomenon could not be solely attributed to natural variations in the weather.The average summer water temperature at the Scripps Pier in La Jolla is 70.7 degrees. But in 2018, ocean readings surpassed 73 degrees on every day of the heat wave, which lasted from July 19 to Aug. 30. And t...
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Climate change, pollution impacts hurricane formation in the Atlantic, NOAA study says
MIAMI — In the last 40 years, the East Coast, including Florida, has been hit by dozens of hurricanes.New NOAA research suggests human pollution may have increased the likelihood of those Atlantic basin storms, but not in the way you might expect.A decrease in aerosol pollution over the last 40 years, along with a couple of volcanic eruptions, played the largest role in the increase in hurricanes, said lead author Hiroyuki Murakami, a climate researcher at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory.Climate change also played a role, although it was “outperformed” in the Atlantic basin specif...
On anniversary of Earth Day and BP spill, coronavirus reveals planet not so resilient
ORLANDO, Fla. — The first Earth Day was an uprising for humankind to do better than smother its coasts with crude-oil blowouts, poison wildlife with factory and farm chemicals, and irradiate the atmosphere by testing nuclear weapons.Nearing the 50th anniversary on Wednesday, amid the death toll, economic mayhem and stay-at-home orders of the coronavirus outbreak, Earth Day may have never been so relevant for a planet more vulnerable than previously thought.COVID-19 is a warning, environmentalists say, that even in times of soaring stocks, accelerating technology, plentiful consumer goods and g...
He's on a one-man mission to clean up trash and help save sea life
PHILADELPHIA — Madis Pihlak looked into the eyes of a loggerhead sea turtle at a Florida rehab center and knew he had to help.“You look at that face and they are so beautiful,” said Pihlak, a retired Pennsylvania State University professor of architecture and landscape architecture.In January, Pihlak and his girlfriend, Toni A. Flanigan, were visiting the Loggerhead Marine Life Center in Juno Beach, where they learned that a portion of the garbage generated by Americans will end up in waterways. It gets washed into sewers, moves into creeks, streams, rivers, and oceans, and gets mistaken for p...
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Ocean protection plan charts course for defending California coast
SAN DIEGO — A new ocean protection plan sets out steps to safeguard California’s coast against rising seas, while shoring up public access and building coastal economies.The Ocean Protection Council on Wednesday approved the Strategic Plan to Protect California’s Oceans, a five-year roadmap for navigating threats including climate change, pollution and loss of biodiversity. The council, a policy body within the California Natural Resources Agency, wanted to distinguish the new plan from previous editions, by focusing on specific timelines and funding sources.“They wanted to make sure that the ...
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