Plastic garbage at sea is a key threat the planet has to face, as there is about 8 million metric tons of plastic making way in the ocean every year. This is equivalent to the weight of nearly 90 aircraft carriers. These plastics come in many different forms: food wrappers, bottles, bags, straws, and containers, all made of plastic.
NOAA Fisheries published a new report revealing that viewing or photographing the ocean was the top activity for ocean lovers in the U.S. in number of participants, days spent, and how much people paid to do it. Almost 49 million adults spent over $141 billion in ocean recreation-related goods and services.
Following predictions ahead hurricane season in May, NOAA now informed that conditions in the ocean and the atmosphere are conspiring to produce a less active Atlantic hurricane season than initially predicted. However NOAA and FEMA are still raising caution as the season enters its peak months.
The heat was hard to beat around the US last month, making it the 11th warmest July on record. Meanwhile, the sweltering temperatures the last three months brought the warmest May through July on record, according to scientists at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.
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.
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coast Survey announced launch of hydrographic expeditions through July and August to discover what lies underneath the water’s surface. Currently only 4.1% of the US maritime Arctic has been charted to modern international navigation standards.
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 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association and drone company Saildrone will launch the first batch of 11 unmanned sailing vehicles these days, as part of NOAA’s expanding use of technologies to advance fisheries, weather and climate science.
The USCG, NOAA, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission jointly seized 11 shark fins and dismembered sharks aboard the 40-foot commercial fishing vessel ‘Miss Shell’, near South Sound Creek, on Monday. US law prohibits the act of shark finning since 2000.
NASA exercised options according to the Rapid Spacecraft Acquisition III contract for two Joint Polar Satellite System. JPSS satellites will collect global, multi-spectral radiometry and other specialized meteorological, oceanographic data through remote sensing of land, sea and atmospheric properties.
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