Oceans: global warming is still a human problem

Satellite measurements have confirmed that sea level is rising much faster than scientists expected. The consequences will be destructive floods.


Millions of Americans are under threat. It is not a classic war, more a natural war originally caused by humans themselves.

Global sea levels are rising 60% faster than computer projections issued a few years ago by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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Red Tide: bloody good wave at Bondi Beach

A rare red algae has invaded the waves and sands of Bondi Beach, coming from off the coast of eastern Australia.


The thick bloom was caused by noctiluca scintillans, a dinoflagellate marine algae that is also called "Sea Sparkle", because it exhibits bioluminescence.

"As the algae die and sink in the shallow coastal water, they decompose and oxygen is taken from the water column. This can lead to temporary low oxygen zones", explains Lauren Freeman, from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego.

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Beach cigarettes: the end is near

Smoking has been banned from Wrightsville Beach, in USA. It is the first beach in North Carolina to ban smoking on its sands.


Wrightsville Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the North Carolina coast.  On any given day, you can find people including many children and families enjoying a perfect day at the beach relaxing, strolling, picnicking, bathing and surfing.

Discarded cigarette butts and drifting second hand smoke can also be found at Wrightsville Beach causing health concerns for the many people and wildlife that visit and live in town.

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