Tag Archives: Climate change

Strongly Protected Marine Reserves Provide Protections from Climate Change

Currently, only 3.5 percent of the ocean is protected [1], and just 1.6 percent has strong protections. This is a far cry from the goal of 10 percent by 2020 under the Convention on Biological Diversity and Sustainable Development, and is even further from the 30 percent recommended by scientists [2]. A paper recently published … Continue reading Strongly Protected Marine Reserves Provide Protections from Climate Change

Trump Abandons the Paris Climate Agreement

The Trump Administration’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement will have devastating consequences for marine life in our oceans. For decades, the ocean has been absorbing excess carbon dioxide that humans release into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels. Ocean acidification, warming seawater and sea level rise – all a result of … Continue reading Trump Abandons the Paris Climate Agreement

The Hunt for a Super Coral: Can Cold-Water Corals Adapt to Ocean Acidification?

When most people think of a coral reef they are imagining a sunny tropical beach, but many coral species are actually found in the dark, cold waters of the deep sea1. These corals, commonly known as cold-water corals due to their preference for low temperatures, form beautiful ecosystems that are teeming with life. One of … Continue reading The Hunt for a Super Coral: Can Cold-Water Corals Adapt to Ocean Acidification?

Trump Dumps the Clean Power Plan and Ocean Life

President Trump’s Executive Order to dismantle the Clean Power Plan is a move that blatantly ignores overwhelming scientific consensus about the immense threats that carbon pollution poses to human and environmental health. The Clean Power Plan, a set of rules to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address human-caused climate change, is an enormous step in … Continue reading Trump Dumps the Clean Power Plan and Ocean Life

What President Trump’s “Skinny Budget” Means for Our Oceans

Today, President Trump released a budget outline for 2018 that has been called “the skinny budget”. Unfortunately, it is just that for most activities other than defense and homeland security. The Department of Commerce, which houses the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA, would be slimmed down by $1.5 billion or 16%. This probably … Continue reading What President Trump’s “Skinny Budget” Means for Our Oceans

Getting to the bottom of the oceans’ tallest peaks

Our oceans are home to a number of globally rare habitats that marine animals rely on. These areas are often characterized by the presence of endemic species and are usually teeming with life. Unfortunately, the qualities that make these places unique also make them incredibly vulnerable. Seamounts—undersea mountains—have been at the center of recent conservation … Continue reading Getting to the bottom of the oceans’ tallest peaks

5 Reasons Why We LOVE Palau

  The Republic of Palau is an up and coming destination for divers, tourists and adventurers. With turquoise waters and incredible dive sites, Palau is an island country located in the western Pacific Ocean. This tropical destination has caught our attention as a marine conservation superstar – here’s why! 1. For many years, the Republic of … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why We LOVE Palau

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Heirs To Our Oceans

We are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on HEIRS TO OUR OCEANS! Heirs To Our Oceans is a proactive group of kids – ages 10-16 – who recognize that they, along with your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and newly-spawned zygotes, will inherit the ocean after adults today are done with it. They are … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Heirs To Our Oceans

The Ocean Protection Calculator

Here at MPAtlas.org we often get asked how much of the ocean would be protected as a result of various proposed and promised marine protected areas (MPAs). In order to help visitors to MPAtlas.org see the results for themselves, we’ve created the Ocean Protection Calculator. As you can see from the tool below, it is … Continue reading The Ocean Protection Calculator

A Tale of Two Cold-Water Coral Reefs

Human industrial and agricultural activity has released massive quantities of carbon dioxide (CO2) into our atmosphere, with significant effects on our climate and oceans. About one-third of this atmospheric CO2 is absorbed by our oceans1, where it chemically interacts with seawater to reduce its pH – a scale that measures how acidic (lower pH values) … Continue reading A Tale of Two Cold-Water Coral Reefs