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Warmer water, chemical exposure influence gene expression across generations in a coastal fish

Warmer water temperatures, combined with low-level exposure to chemicals already known to be harmful to aquatic life, influence the expression of genes in the offspring of an abundant North American fish species — and threaten organisms whose sex determination is sensitive to water temperature.

Polar vortex and Australian drought signs that extreme weather is new normal – Quartz

Welcome to the era of extreme weather. If you live in the US Midwest, you’re likely accustomed to laughing in the face of winter snow, ice, and freezing winds. But even the hardiest Midwesterner isn’t used to temperatures (including wind…

European waters drive ocean overturning, key for regulating climate

An international study reveals the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation, which helps regulate Earth’s climate, is highly variable and primarily driven by the conversion of warm, salty, shallow waters into colder, fresher, deep waters moving south through the Irminger and Iceland basins. This upends prevailing ideas and may help scientists better predict Arctic ice melt and future changes in the ocean’s ability to mitigate climate change by storing excess atmospheric carbon.

What is a snow squall?

One minute it’s sunny — albeit frigid — outside and the next you can’t even see two feet in front of you due to strong winds blowing snow every which way. And then, just as quickly as it arrived, the…

Polar vortex: What role does climate change play? – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images As a third of the US grapples with brutally cold weather, scientists are assessing how much this might be down to long-term changes to our climate. So whatever happened to global warming? That’s certainly what President…

Starfish make remarkable comeback in California years after deadly disease outbreak

Nearly five years after sea star wasting syndrome nearly wiped out the starfish population along the United States’ West Coast, the starfish (also known as sea stars) is making a comeback. In 2017, marine scientists in southern California discovered millions…

How frigid polar vortex blasts are connected to global warming – World Economic Forum

A record-breaking cold wave is sending literal shivers down the spines of millions of Americans. Temperatures across the upper Midwest are forecast to fall an astonishing 50 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius) below normal this week – as low as…

Study of brine discharge from desalination plant finds good news and bad news

(University of California – Santa Cruz) Before the Carlsbad Desalination Plant in Southern California began operations in 2015, scientists at UC Santa Cruz recognized an important opportunity to study the effects of the high-salinity brine that would be discharged from the plant into coastal waters. Their study shows that brine discharged from the plant raises offshore salinity levels more than permitted, but researchers found no direct local impacts on sea life.

Leipzig researchers on Spanish Antarctic expedition

(Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS)) During the next weeks, a Spanish research expedition will investigate climate change on the Antarctic Peninsula. Two researchers from the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS) are also be participating to investigate the influence of sugar compounds on cloud formation above the ocean. In January, the research vessel R/V Hespérides from Ushuaia in Argentina have set off for the PI-ICE expedition.

How Will Global Warming Affect El Niño in the 21st Century? – The Weather Channel

India News Representational image (Pixabay) El Niño remains the largest climate phenomenon that occurs frequently producing droughts, floods, wildfires, dust and snow storms, fish kill, and even elevated risks of civil conflicts. The theater of action for El Niño is…