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Global ocean is absorbing more carbon from emissions

Global ocean is absorbing more carbon from emissions

New research by NOAA and partners based on extensive sampling of the global ocean finds that the ocean absorbed 34 billion metric tons of carbon from the burning of fossil fuels from 1994 to 2007 — a four-fold increase to 2.6 billion metric tons per year when compared to the period starting from the Industrial Revolution in 1800 to 1994.

March 14, 2019 0 Comments
Another climate milestone on Mauna Loa

Another climate milestone on Mauna Loa

Carbon dioxide levels measured at NOAA’s Mauna Loa Atmospheric Baseline Observatory averaged more than 410 parts per million in April and May, the highest monthly averages ever recorded.

June 7, 2018 0 Comments
NOAA and partners launch buoy to track changing coastal chemistry in Chesapeake Bay

NOAA and partners launch buoy to track changing coastal chemistry in Chesapeake Bay

A new buoy, launched by NOAA and partners at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay, will measure changes in ocean acidification that could impact the bay and its valuable shellfish.

April 6, 2018 0 Comments
NOAA observing buoys validate findings from NASA’s new satellite for measuring carbon dioxide

NOAA observing buoys validate findings from NASA’s new satellite for measuring carbon dioxide

The strong El Niño event of 2015-2016 provided NASA and NOAA an unprecedented opportunity to test the effectiveness of the newest observation tool to measure global atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations -- NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite or OCO-2. 

October 12, 2017 0 Comments
The spirit of collaboration aboard Gulf of Mexico cruise

The spirit of collaboration aboard Gulf of Mexico cruise

This summer, NOAA and partner scientists will conduct their most collaborative ocean acidification sampling of the Gulf of Mexico yet. Set to depart today, July 18

th, the Gulf of Mexico Ecosystems and Carbon Cruise (GOMECC-3) will travel through international waters with 24 scientists from the United States, Mexico and Cuba on board.
July 18, 2017 0 Comments
Research shows ocean acidification is spreading rapidly in the Arctic

Research shows ocean acidification is spreading rapidly in the Arctic

Ocean acidification is spreading rapidly in the western Arctic Ocean in both area and depth, potentially affecting shellfish, other marine species in the food web, and communities that depend on these resources, according to new research published in Nature Climate Change by NOAA, Chinese marine scientists and other partners.


March 9, 2017 0 Comments
NOAA research links human-caused CO2 emissions to dissolving sea snail shells off U.S. West Coast

NOAA research links human-caused CO2 emissions to dissolving sea snail shells off U.S. West Coast

For the first time, NOAA and partner scientists have connected the concentration of human-caused carbon dioxide in waters off the U.S. Pacific coast to the dissolving of shells of microscopic marine sea snails called pteropods.


November 22, 2016 0 Comments
As Alaska warms, methane emissions appear stable

As Alaska warms, methane emissions appear stable

Analysis of nearly three decades of air samples from Alaska’s North Slope shows little change in long-term methane emissions despite significant Arctic warming over that time period, according to new research published in Geophysical Research Letters.

June 22, 2016 0 Comments
South Pole is the last place on Earth to pass a global warming milestone

South Pole is the last place on Earth to pass a global warming milestone

The Earth passed another unfortunate milestone May 23 when carbon dioxide (CO2) surpassed 400 parts per million (ppm) at the South Pole for the first time in 4 million years.
June 15, 2016 0 Comments
Warming due to carbon dioxide jumped by half in 25 years

Warming due to carbon dioxide jumped by half in 25 years

Human activity  has increased the direct warming effect of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere by 50 percent above pre-industrial levels during the past 25 years, according to NOAA's 10th Annual Greenhouse Gas Index .


May 18, 2016 0 Comments
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