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Microplastic Pollution Is Harming Oysters, the Ocean’s Ecosystem Engineers

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Microplastic Pollution Is Harming Oysters, the Ocean’s Ecosystem Engineers

Source: LA Times/Sean Greene - February 11, 2016

Oysters eat by filtering the water around them and digesting anything small enough to trap, whether that’s algae, phytoplankton — or tiny pieces of plastic floating in the ocean.

It stands to reason that the plastic isn't good for them. Now scientists know why: It takes such a toll on their digestive systems that their ability to reproduce is cut almost in more…

British Adventurers Rescued During Bid to Cross the Atlantic Ocean in a Pedalo

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British Adventurers Rescued During Bid to Cross the Atlantic Ocean in a Pedalo

Source: Mirror/Richard Wheatstone and Rita Sobot - February 11, 2016

Two British fundraisers who launched a bid to travel across the Atlantic in a pedalo have been saved in a dramatic rescue after one fell more…

Study Finds Plankton Are the Key to Carbon Sequestration

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Study Finds Plankton Are the Key to Carbon Sequestration

Source: The Ohio State University/Misti Crane - February 11, 2016

COLUMBUS – The ocean’s power to rein in carbon and protect the environment is vast but not well-understood.

But now, more…

Microplastic Pollution Is Harming Oysters, the Ocean’s Ecosystem Engineers

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Microplastic Pollution Is Harming Oysters, the Ocean’s Ecosystem Engineers

Source: LA Times/Sean Greene - February 11, 2016

Oysters eat by filtering the water around them and digesting anything small enough to trap, whether that’s algae, phytoplankton — or tiny pieces of plastic floating in the ocean.

It more…

Q&A With Experts Behind the World Ocean Assessment

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Q&A With Experts Behind the World Ocean Assessment

Source: UCONN Today/David Bauman - February 11, 2016

Two UConn Avery Point faculty were among 600 marine experts from many countries who participated in the recent United Nation’s World Ocean Assessment, a global inventory more…

A Diary of Dirt

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A Diary of Dirt

Source: COSEE Now/Ari Daniel - February 11, 2016

Ari Daniel created the podcast Ocean Gazing about ocean observing and exploration. In each episode, he considers the real-time swirl of creatures, chemicals, and currents of more…

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The TerraMar Project Interviews Ian Urbina

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The TerraMar Project Interviews Ian Urbina

Source: The TerraMar Project - August 20, 2015

The TerraMar Project sat down with Ian Urbina (@ian_urbina), an investigative reporter for The New York Times, to discuss his series on lawlessness on more…

Youth Ocean Conservation Summit: 5 Years of Empowering the Next Generation of Ocean Conservationists!

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Youth Ocean Conservation Summit: 5 Years of Empowering the Next Generation of Ocean Conservationists!

Source: Stow It Don't Throw It - December 2, 2015

Five years. Six cities. Hundreds of young people leading initiatives to protect our blue planet. The Youth Ocean Conservation Summit program marked its 5th anniversary on more…

New Must-See Documentary: ‘A Plastic Ocean’

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New Must-See Documentary: ‘A Plastic Ocean’

Source: EcoWatch/Lorraine Chow - February 5, 2016

In the upcoming feature-length documentary, A Plastic Ocean, two explorers set out on a four-year global journey to learn about the increasingly devastating crisis of ocean plastic that has polluted our waterways, literally choked aquatic more…

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