Special Reports

Saving the North Atlantic Right Whale

The North Atlantic right whale is one of the most endangered whales in the world. At the time of this publication, only about 411 remain. This report examines the top three threats facing the North Atlantic right whale and explores actions being taken by the scientific community and concerned organizations to ensure the long-term survival of this critically endangered species.

Understanding Sea Level Rise

Since the turn of the 20th century, seas have risen six to eight inches globally. New technologies, along with a better understanding of how the oceans, ice sheets, and other components of climate interact, have helped scientists identify the factors that contribute to sea level rise. This report discusses three factors that contribute to sea level rise: postglacial rebound, changes to the Atlantic Ocean circulation, and Antarctic Ice Sheet melting.