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January 2014 Issue

25 Years Ago 1989.
Scientists from NOAA discovered an area off the coast of northern California where organically rich materials seeping onto the seafloor in the submarine canyons are supporting communities of large clams. ... A marine biologist at the University of Miamiís Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science found that man-made noise in the oceans may be damaging the health and affecting the behavior of marine mammals and fish. ... Scientists and engineers determined that turbulence controls how water moves from the Pacific Ocean into the Puget Sound.

15 Years Ago 1999.
Global temperatures in 1998 were the warmest in the past 119 years, since reliable records began. The global mean temperature was 1.2° F above the long-term average value of 56.9° F, making it the 20th consecutive year exceeding the long-term average. ... The National Science Foundation invested $10 million to fund the first year of new Engineering Research Centers in Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, South Carolina and Virginia. ... A formal agreement was made, with eight projects to start, to restore marine fish habitats across the United States. The three-year agreement provided funding resources and expertise at the local community level.

10 Years Ago 2004.
After reviewing research, scientists from the National Climatic Data Center and the National Center for Atmospheric Research said that there was no doubt that human activities were having measurable impacts on global climate change. ... For the first time, the U.S. Congress removed bans on oil and gas leasing in an Outer Continental Shelf region. Language that prevented leasing in Alaskaís Bristol Bay was not included in the Interior Appropriations bill. ... Scientists reported that tropical ocean waters became dramatically saltier over the past 40 years, while oceans closer to the poles became fresher. Climate change may have been responsible for the trend.


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