1. Hurricane Irma – Is it Insensitive to Speak About Climate Change at This Time?
2. How Hurricanes Impact Marine Life
Hurricanes affect not only land-based animals but also underwater life. Although fast swimmers such as sharks and dolphins can sense pressure changes and leave for calmer or deeper water, hurricanes “can be death sentences” for slow swimmers such as sea turtles and seahorses. Coral reefs can protect coastlines from damage, but churning water can break them apart and cover them with sediment.
3. Hurricane Irma Made Worse by Climate Change
Scientists in the U.K. and Germany have concluded that Hurricane Irma was made worse by climate change. One scientist states, “Hurricanes get their destructive energy from the warmth of the ocean, and the region’s water temperatures are super elevated.” High sea temperatures added energy and moisture to Irma, which caused record flooding in Florida.
4. The Jaw-Dropping Stats from Hurricane Irma
5. Hurricane Irma Strands Two Manatees
Two manatees stranded during Hurricane Irma were rescued thanks to social media. Within four hours of being posted on Facebook, pictures of the federally protected species were shared 6,000 times with 800 comments. “Two Manatee County deputies and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC) officials responded to the scene after seeing the post.” They put tarps under the manatees and took them 100 yards away to a channel in 100 mph winds.
6. One of World’s Largest Marine Protected Areas Created Off Easter Island
At 740,000 sq km, the new Rapa Nui marine park “is roughly the size of the Chilean mainland and will protect at least 142 endemic marine species, including 27 threatened with extinction.” A whopping 77% of Pacific Ocean fish abundance occurs there. Species include “scalloped hammerhead sharks, minke, humpback and blue whales, and four species of sea turtle.” The Rapa Nui people will be permitted to continue fishing in the reserve using traditional methods.
7. Sea Salt from Around the World Is Contaminated by Plastic
8. Small Scale Fisheries Have Big Impact on the Oceans
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