Warmth continued at a steady rate across the world last month, making for the fourth hottest September on record for the globe and the fourth warmest year to date, the latest analysis by NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information informed. The average global temperature in September was 1.40 degrees F above the 20th-century average of 59 degrees.
A new NOAA research looks at the devastating 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. It notes that if similar weather conditions happen in the future, it’s likely the number of major hurricanes to increase by two in a similar active year at the end of century. Climate warming would be the cause of this.
According to the 28th annual State of the Climate report, 2017 was the third warmest year on record for the globe, behind 2016 and 2015. The planet also experienced record-high greenhouse gas concentrations as well as rises in sea level, while Arctic maximum sea ice coverage fell to a record low.
Persistent warm temperatures around the world last month made for the 5th warmest June ever and the first half of the year the 4th warmest for the planet, according to NOAA’s monthly analysis. The average global temperature in June was 1.35 degrees F above the 20th-century average of 59.9 degrees.
The US Coast Guard and NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service signed a Memorandum of Agreement on Friday, setting up the framework and responsibilities for coordinated responses to large whale strandings in Long Island Sound and South Shore areas.
In a study published by phys.org, it is noted that it is now possible that the endangered species of right whales can become extinct and new measures need to be taken. North Atlantic right whales, one of the rarest marine mammals in the world, had a deadly year in 2017, as only 450 whales are left, of which 17 died this year.
Liquid Robotics and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Pacific Islands Region announced a multi-year agreement to develop solutions for protection of Hawaiian and American Samoa marine environment.
A dead whale was found stuck on the submerged bulbous bow of the 290-meters long “Grand Princess” cruise ship, when she reached Ketchikan port, Alaska. The incident is currently investigated by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced the availability of a Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for evaluating potential environmental effects of geological and geophysical activities within the Gulf of Mexico’s Outer Continental Shelf.
Previously the largest Gulf of Mexico dead zone was measured in 2002, encompassing 8,497 square miles. The average size of the dead zone over the past five years has been about 5,806 square miles, three times larger than the Gulf Hypoxia Task Force target of 1,900 square miles.
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