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Plastic pollutants circulate in pockets of the Great Lakes at concentrations higher than any other body of water on Earth, according to a recent State University of New York study.   The study is the first to look at plastic pollutants in the Great Lakes. It is part of a larger global endeavo...
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The expansion of European settlement in Australia triggered a massive coral collapse at the Great Barrier Reef more than 50 years ago, according to a new study. The study, published Nov. 6 in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, found that runoff from farms clouded the pristine waters off the Qu...
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  The only people not concerned about what carbon dioxide is doing to the oceans are those among us who do not understand the science. And we cannot blame them for what they do not know. However, we can take issue with those who express strong opinions on subjects about which they are obviou...
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  * 70 pct of corals will suffer degradation by 2030* To protect half of reefs, temperature rise must be under 1.5C     By Nina ChestneyLONDON, Sept 16 (Reuters) - The chance to save the world's coral reefs from damage caused by climate change is dwindling as man-made greenhouse...
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  Australia's Great Barrier Reef is a glittering gem — the world's largest coral reef ecosystem — chock-full of diverse marine life. But new research shows it is also in steep decline, with half of the reef vanishing in the past 27 years. Katharina Fabricius, a coral reef ecologist at the Aus...
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  CORAL transplanting is the only answer to the decline of corals in our reefs, says Aqua Trek Mana dive instructor Asami Dantsuka. She said coral numbers had declined tremendously in the past five years, adding that the destruction of coral reefs was a major concern of ecologists worldwi...
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One of the world’s most feared predators is under attack. Experts say only about 10% of the world’s sharks remain due to overfishing that could upset the balance of sea life and threaten a variety of local jobs and the global food supply. Every year sharks are captured by the millions and their...
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  Australian scientists have proposed covering endangered coral reefs with cloth to give them shade as a "last resort" to protect the Great Barrier Reef. The cloths would be anchored with ropes and float on the water surface to protect corals from sunlight, reducing heat stress which leads ...
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One-size-fits-all prescriptions do not work. The Ocean Health Index will assess how oceans are able to support life Around 20 years ago I took a submarine dive in the Sea of Japan. As we descended into the darkness to a depth of almost 5,500m (18,000ft) – more than two-thirds the height of Mt Eve...
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Arctic sea-ice extent shrank to an unprecedented low this summer, part of a long-term decline in the icy white cap over the far northern ocean.Researchers predict that nearly ice-free summers are on the way, although it’s not yet clear when this will happen. This shift has implications for climate —...
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SAWFISH and snubfin dolphins on the brink of extinction are top priority in a plan to restore degraded coral habitats and reconnect coastal ecosystems along the Great Barrier Reef. The plan by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority comes as the CSIRO today will launch a report in Brisbane, ...
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  More research and better policies are needed to protect the world's most vulnerable seas, lying off the coast of West Africa and the Caribbean, local experts have toldSciDev.Net. The two regions have some of the world's unhealthiest seas, according to a new index that assessed the health ...
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The giant Caribbean sea anemone, whose tentacles snatch fish, shrimp and other creatures from South Florida's reefs, is itself frequently snatched by divers collecting them for the aquarium trade.   To help rebuild their dwindling population, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission on Wednes...
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I'd like to bring everyone's attention to the upcoming screenings of the film Mission of Mermaids, on which I have had the privilege of working as associate producer and as outreach consultant. The film will be screening around the world this summer and fall--Brazil, Australia, US. For more informat...
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STANFORD / UC SANTA BARBARA (US) — Scientists have assessed the state of the ocean and its ecosystems, and the global average is 60 out of 100. If thought of as a school report card, 60 out of 100 looks like a failing grade, but that’s not quite how the assessment should be read. “It’s better to t...
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by Ben Halpern, Jameal Samhouri, and Karen McLeod of psmag.com As the Ocean Health Index makes its public debut, three of its parents describe the moment of 'Eureka!' in summing up the well-being of the global ocean and its human dependents. There are very few moments in science where years of wor...
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Ocean temperatures along and near the New Jersey coast have averaged between five and 10 degrees above normal since late last year, a phenomenon that has intrigued some scientists and has excited area residents and fishermen. The mild winter meant that water retained much more heat than usual. When...
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Sea level is rising around the world, but in many places on the U.S. East Coast, it's rising considerably faster than elsewhere. An oceanographer studying this phenomenon explains. A team of U.S. Geological Survey scientists recently discovered that the sea level along the East Coast of the United ...
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by Kaid Benfield Sometimes, you just can’t make this stuff up. It’s really embarrassing for me to write this, but the legislature of my native North Carolina has made it illegal for public officials to consider current rates of sea level rise as they plan for the future. And, no, I did no...
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  The UN nuclear agency announced on Monday the creation of a new centre in Monaco to help coordinate international efforts to research and combat the serious environmental problem of ocean acidification. "During the past five years, numerous multinational and national research projects on ...
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