Ocean microbes produce oxygen in a way we have never seen before

NewScientist — A new way of producing oxygen has been discovered in microbes that live in the darkest depths of the ocean. Most oxygen on Earth is produced via photosynthesis, which requires light. But Don Canfield at the University of Southern Denmark and his colleagues have identified a microbe that doesn’t photosynthesise but still generates oxygen. The researchers made the Read More…

DNA collected from air could revolutionize the monitoring of…

Courthouse News Service — Two new studies indicate that analysis of air samples may be used as a noninvasive method to monitor an area’s biodiversity, something that will support global conservation efforts. Two independent teams of researchers — one based in Denmark and the other in the United Kingdom and Canada — set out to collect several air samples from two European zoos: Read More…

Unexpected hope for millions as bleached coral reefs continue to…

Science Daily — Researchers studying coral reefs damaged by rising sea temperatures have discovered an unexpected 'bright spot' of hope for communities who depend upon them for food security. Coral reef ecosystems support diverse small-scale fisheries -- and the fish they catch are rich in micronutrients vital to the health of millions of people in the tropics, a new Lancaster Read More…

Smaller Fish Species Dominate Warmer, Oxygen-Poor Oceans

Eurasia Review — Fossil fish bones in marine sediments off Peru suggest that smaller fish species will dominate the oceans of a warmer Earth. The findings reveal new insights into the ecological and economic impacts of our rapidly warming climate. Warming oceans under climate change are expected to result in ecosystems dominated by smaller fishes, largely due to increased temperatures and Read More…

Sixth Irrawaddy dolphin calf for 2021

Khmer Times — Conservationists are celebrating the discovery of a sixth Irrawaddy dolphin calf born last year in Kratie province’s Mekong river. This finding came to light following research completed by the Fisheries Administration and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The calf recorded on December 31 is the latest member of the Kampi pod in Chet Borei district’s Sambok Read More…

Sen. Dodd Introduces Remote Water Monitoring Bill

Senator Bill Dodd — With global warming triggering longer and more frequent droughts, making California’s water supply more precious than ever, Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, announced today he has introduced legislation authorizing the remote sensing of water diversions, creating more accurate measurement of available resources and encouraging the most efficient use of water Read More…

Can cloud seeding squeeze more rain out of storms? How much?

KCRW — Despite a rush of rain and snow heading into 2022, 85% of California remains in severely dry conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. That’s why water agencies in Southern California and beyond are trying to squeeze a bit more water out of the storms that come this winter using a method called cloud seeding. It’s a weather modification technique that uses silver Read More…

Sacramento Region Awarded over $14 Million in State Grants for…

Regional Water Authority — The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has announced the award of over $14 million in grant funding for projects in the greater Sacramento area that advance drought and climate resiliency. Over $4 million was awarded to a coordinated application submitted through the Regional Water Authority, which represents 20 water providers serving 2 million Read More…

Study examines the effects of ocean acidification on…

PhysOrg — Ocean acidification—which is mainly caused by carbon dioxide gas in the atmosphere dissolving into the ocean—is a significant threat to the structure and function of marine life. In a study published in the New Phytologist, investigators have uncovered the different effects that ocean acidification has on the energy stores of phytoplankton (single-celled plants that are Read More…

Washington Hatchery Workers Spent Their Christmas Saving Nearly 4…

Outdoor Life — At 11:30 p.m. on Christmas night, while a significant portion of the country was either fast asleep or half-drunk on eggnog, workers at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Kendall Creek Fish Hatchery were called into action. Pump failures had set off low water alarms in some of the hatchery’s rearing ponds, placing millions of trout, salmon, and steelhead fry in Read More…