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2014-10-06 00:00:00

Ocean Roundup: Fish Finding It Difficult to Adapt to Climate Change, Oceans Warmer Than Thought, and More

– New research shows that fish aren’t quickly adapting to climate change, and it may take them several generations to do so. Researchers found that young spiny damselfish fish were no better than their parents at adapting to higher CO2 levels in seawater. The Guardian

– Last week, officials approved spending $627 million on dozens of projects that will help the Gulf recover from the 2010 BP oil spill, including spending nearly half of that on a project to restore four barrier islands off Louisiana. Environmentalists were disappointed, though, that $58 million of that sum will go towards restoring a beachfront hotel in Alabama. The Associated Press

This week, an annual “king tide,” spurred by the alignment of the Earth, moon, and sun, is expected to raise sea levels around the East Coast. In Miami, the King Tide is expected to push over a foot of water into the city and cause widespread flooding damage in what some officials are calling a “taste of climate change.” Reuters

– A new study found that the upper 2,300 feet of Southern Hemisphere oceans may have warmed at twice the rate scientists assumed since the 1970s. Scientists say they are “stunned” at how quickly the world’s oceans are warming, and this has consequences for shorelines around the world. Climate Central

Op-Ed:

– This article, which concludes Grist’s three weeks of ocean coverage, points out that ocean health affects all humans, regardless of whether they live by the coast or not. From ensuring there’s plenty of seafood for all to eat to protecting cities from sea level rise, ocean health impacts everyone in some form. Grist