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Ocean acidification linked to larval oyster failure

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 10:22 AM PDT

Researchers have definitively linked an increase in ocean acidification to the collapse of oyster seed production at a commercial oyster hatchery in Oregon, where larval growth had declined to a level considered by the owners to be “non-economically viable.”

Duck-billed dinosaurs endured long, dark polar winters

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 10:19 AM PDT

Duck-billed dinosaurs that lived within Arctic latitudes approximately 70 million years ago likely endured long, dark polar winters instead of migrating to more southern latitudes.

What is the monetary value of a healthy ocean?

Posted: 22 Mar 2012 07:04 AM PDT

Scientists have attempted to measure the ocean’s monetary value and to tally the costs and savings associated with human decisions affecting ocean health. The study estimates that if human impacts on the ocean continue unabated, declines in ocean health and services will cost the global economy $428 billion per year by 2050, and $1.979 trillion per year by 2100.
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