Ocean Warming and the impacts on Coral Reefs

Today, in the modern world of technology, many of us are aware of the fact that the marine life
is in great danger as intensive decline has been noticed in many places. The coral banks have
been markedly deteriorated due to climatic change along with the immoral human activities like
dumping the sewage waste into the sea water.

But nothing to worry much, as the good news arrives by a recent research which has been
conducted in Australia. Scientists have reported that there has been marked increase in the coral
growth in the region through the 20th century due to the increase in the temperatures. Research
has shown that this effect was more noticeable at the latitudes which are high and the ocean is
colder. These researches give a strong hint that the warming which is caused by us humans in
the form of carbon dioxide is in fact benefiting the corals in the region. This thing according to
Timothy Cooper is very much surprising as stated in a journal of science.
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Release of methane gas at the Arctic sea

Extraordinary and unexpected clouds of methane gas which is a greenhouse gas and is 20 times more intoxicating than carbon dioxide gas has been found bubbling at the surface, by a few scientists who were there to explore and take survey in the Arctic Ocean.

The head of the Russian team who was surveying there was surprised by the extent and quantity if the methane gas. This team has been taking several surveys in the seabed of East Siberian Arctic Shelf off northern Russia for about 20 years. In an interview, Igor Semiletov who is working at the Russian Academy of Sciences said that he has witness such a thing for the first time in his work career, and he has never seen methane gas being released with such a force and large scale. Continue reading

Alberta Minister Of Environment Leads Canadian Shale Gas Water Management Initiative

The Honourable Rob Renner, Minister Of Alberta Environment, has announced that he will be spearheading Canada’s first industry-wide initiative focused on benchmarking best practice for water management in shale gas production. Key operators including Shell Canada, Nexen, Encana & Talisman are already on-board with the initiative and will be sharing their studies on improving water sourcing, treatment, recycling and disposal in shale gas production in the Horn River and Montney plays.