New research suggests that the Arctic Ocean is more vulnerable to human-induced changes than the Southern Ocean. Polar oceans are particularly sensitive to the effects of climate change, but after comparing sites in both oceans, researchers found that the Arctic site was more acidic and warmer during the summer months and had fewer nutrients.
Scientists in Massachusetts are surveying the coast as part of a New England-wide project to establish a baseline inventory of invasive species. They will be inspecting piers and docks at eight sites for signs any non-native species.
Good news for belugas! Yesterday, NOAA Fisheries announced it is denying the Georgia Aquarium’s request for a permit to import 18 beluga whales from Russia. The process took more than a year — the Georgia Aquarium submitted the application to import the whales back on June 15, 2012.
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