New research demonstrates that past sea level rise and global warming caused partly by natural cyclical activity below the surface of the earth. Although, the authors note that it’s important to remember that changes due to the earth’s interior happen on much longer time scale (60-140 million years), so human-induced changes are affecting the earth more rapidly.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and New Zealand’s ambassador to the U.S., Michael Moore, announced a joint proposal to establish a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in Antarctica’s Ross Sea. The creation of this MPA has been debated for a while now, but Kerry and Moore don’t want to wait any longer. You can read Kerry’s speech here.
An international team of researchers reveals that if nothing is done, the western Pacific leatherback sea turtle could go extinct within 20 years. The researchers found that the number of leatherback nests has declined by as much as 78 percent in some areas over the last 27 years. The decline is a result of commercial fishing, egg poaching, destruction of nesting and foraging habitat, and climate change. On the bright side, the worldwide population of leatherbacks is comparatively more stable.
At the site of an ancient wreck off the Greek island of Antikythera, divers have found a wide array of items, including jewelry, weapons, statues, pottery, an anchor and much more. You can see photos of what they found here.
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