It's generally agreed that liquid water and a stable atmosphere are the minimal requirements for life. But new research shows that oceans play a vital role in stabilizing and moderating climates on Earth-like planets.
#AN UNDERWATER photographer who came home to Scotland empty-handed after travelling more than 7,800 miles to take a picture of an exotic fish in its home territory was amazed to finally accomplish his mission in the Hebrides.
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Of four common corals and algae tested, three still produced shells in conditions that mimic oceans if atmospheric CO 2 concentrations reached 1000 ppm. David Biello reports.
Marian Locksley's insight:
Experiments undertaken in Hawaii, Moorea and Okinawa give new hope, at least in the Pacific. That doesn't mean ocean acidification won't be bad for corals and algae. But it does mean that across the Pacific some of these organisms can tough it out. Whether other organisms, including us humans, could thrive in a 1000 ppm CO2 world is another question.
A ray once considered a pest on the shores of Japan turns out to be two species – with serious implications for future conservation, writes Quentin Wheeler (Ray once considered a pest in #Japan turns out to be two species