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Ocean methane hydrates – the hidden canary?

Ocean Floor methane hydrate

On the ocean floor, there is some frozen stuff called ‘methane hydrates.’ Methane hydrates have been known to oceanographers and oil and gas people for a while now, but they started gaining mainstream attention when their arctic land cousins became yet another poster child for climate change. In the ocean, methane hydrates only form in cold waters under quite a bit ... Read More »

Yet another unknown “carbon sink” revealed

Hercules ROV shown above deep ocean floor basalt (NOAA)

Recently, NASA released the results of a study of the temperatures of the waters of Earth’s deep ocean have not warmed measurably since 2005, leaving unsolved the mystery of why global warming appears to have slowed in recent years. Owing to a ‘global pause‘ in rising temperatures, climate scientists have increasingly having to resort to other processes in nature to ... Read More »

Captive cetaceans – good or bad?

Beluga whales, Vancouver Aquarium

The Vancouver Aquarium has an image problem right now. Vision Vancouver park board (that is part of the city council of Vancouver) is leading a charge to rid the aquarium of all cetaceans – that would be whales and dolphins to you and me. There is no doubt the timing is politically driven – the aquarium is about to do ... Read More »