Waves height: surfing is affected by climate change

Average wave heights will decrease across 25% of the global ocean and increase across 7% of the ocean, due to climate change.

Scientists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have concluded that climate change will have impact in wave height, near coastal regions.

The initial simulations tell us that the increase of 7% in wave height will take place, predominantly in the Southern Ocean.


Oceans: to have and to hold

The Obama Administration has released its final plan for translating the National Ocean Policy into on-the-ground actions to benefit the American people.

The final Implementation Plan focuses on improving coordination to speed Federal permitting decisions, better manage the ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources and collaborate more effectively with State, local partners and marine industries.

Without creating any new regulations or authorities, the plan will ensure the many Federal agencies involved in ocean management work together to reduce duplication and red tape and use taxpayer dollars more efficiently.


Dolphins: surviving the Deepwater Horizon oil spill | Photo: Steve Shippee

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is still killing dolphins, sea turtles and other marine life in record numbers.

Infant dolphins are dying six times faster than they did before the 4.9 million barrels of oil got spilled in the Gulf of Mexico.

"These ongoing deaths - particularly in an apex predator like the dolphin - are a strong indication that there is something amiss with the Gulf ecosystem," explains Doug Inkley, senior scientist for the National Wildlife Federation.