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Water Ahead: Is Global Warming Threatening Our Oceans? August 11, 2005 7:17 AM

Oceans Alive Update - August 2005
This summer season, learn more about our warming oceans.

- Special Feature - Global warming and oceans
- Send an Email - Support overfishing protections
- Five Eco-Tips - For when you hit the beach

Hot Water Ahead: Global Warming and Oceans
Is global warming pushing our oceans to the tipping point?

The oceans are heating up, coral reefs are bleaching, and global warming is the main culprit. Manmade, heat-trapping gases are changing life on land and at sea.

Oceans play a huge role in our climate. In fact, global warming effects are clearer in the oceans than in the atmosphere, since water stores more heat than air. And new scientific studies are setting off alarm bells that our oceans could be reaching a tipping point.

Find out more in our special feature:

Why are scientists finding tropical fish in unexpected places?

What's the link between melting glaciers and the oceans' food chain?

Is the oceans' ability to absorb heat reaching the tipping point?

What does global warming have to do with coral reefs bleaching?

What can you do to help?

Act Now to Keep Overfishing Protections - Send an Email
Many U.S. fish populations are in trouble. A quarter of commercial fish species in U.S. waters are overfished or in danger of being overfished. U.S. fishery officials have proposed weakening standards that are helping some fish make a comeback. Send an email to help keep overfishing safeguards in place.

Five Eco-Tips to Follow When You Hit the Beach
If you're headed to the coast this summer, you can help preserve our shores for future generations. Check out five tips, and learn more about keeping our oceans healthy during your beach vacation.

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