Thursday 24 May 2012
Scientists discover a new sensory organ in the chin of baleen whalesEurekAlert | 24 May 2012
Lunge feeding in rorqual whales (a group that includes blue, humpback and fin whales) is unique among mammals, but details of how it works have remained elusive. Now, scientists from the Smithsonian and University of British Columbia have solved the mystery. They discovered a sensory organ in the chin of rorqual whales that communicates to the brain.
Rapid coral death by a deadly chain reactionScienceDaily.com | 24 May 2012
Industrialization, deforestation and intensive farming in coastal areas are changing dramatically the conditions for life in the oceans. Now scientists have investigated how and why the corals die when exposed to sedimentation. According to their findings, oxygen depletion, together with an acidification of the environment, creates a chain reaction that leads to coral death.
Warning over deep-ocean stowawaysBBC | 24 May 2012
Care must be taken not to spread deep-sea creatures around the world during exploration of the remote ocean floor, scientists caution.
NOAA expects 4 to 8 Atlantic hurricanes in 2012Reuters | 24 May 2012
MIAMI, Florida (Reuters) - The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season will be "near normal" with nine to 15 tropical storms and four to eight of those will strengthen into hurricanes, the U.S. government weather agency predicted on Thursday.
ECLAC Report Examines Vulnerability to Climate Change of LAC CoastsInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 24 May 2012
A UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) report analyzing the vulnerability and exposure to climate change of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) coastline finds not only are some Caribbean islands fully exposed, but other countries have important vulnerabilities in terms of population centers, crops, key infrastructure and important ecosystems.
Once More on the Law of the Sea (opinion)New York Times | 24 May 2012
The United States Senate has stubbornly refused to ratify the Law of the Sea Convention, a worthy global agreement, for nearly 30 years.
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