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Environment

Glowing Beaches Signal the Arrival of Spring

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Glowing Beaches Signal the Arrival of Spring

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald/Peter Hannam - September 1, 2014

Sydney's beach wanderers may be in for a treat these evenings as a "flowering of the oceans" including a bloom of sea sparkle heralds the more…

World’s Largest Dam Removal Project Completed on Elwha River, Restores Original Flow

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World’s Largest Dam Removal Project Completed on Elwha River, Restores Original Flow

Source: National Geographic/Michelle Nijhuis - August 29, 2014

Today, on a remote stretch of the Elwha River in northwestern Washington state, a demolition crew hired by the National Park Service plans to detonate more…

Prospect of Mining Threatens the Deep Sea

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Prospect of Mining Threatens the Deep Sea

Source: TakePart/Katharine Gammon - August 28, 2014

Though the deep ocean covers more than half the planet, we know more about the surface of the moon than about life in the far more…

Oceans Are Getting Choked With Plastic

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Oceans Are Getting Choked With Plastic

Source: New York Times/Charles J. Moore - August 27, 2014

LOS ANGELES — The world is awash in plastic. It’s in our cars and our carpets, we wrap it around the food we eat and more…

Methane Plumes Sprout off U.S. East Coast

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Methane Plumes Sprout off U.S. East Coast

Source: LiveScience/Becky Oskin - August 26, 2014

In an unexpected discovery, hundreds of gas plumes bubbling up from the seafloor were spotted during a sweeping survey of the U.S. Atlantic Coast.
Even more…

Long Island Sound Impacted by Ocean Acidification

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Long Island Sound Impacted by Ocean Acidification

Source: Newsday/Jennifer Barrios - August 25, 2014

Long Island Sound, already choked with nitrogen, may also be becoming more acidic -- a state that could threaten marine life.
Scientists are turning their more…

Atlantic Key to Understanding Pause in Global Warming

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Atlantic Key to Understanding Pause in Global Warming

Source: Nature/Richard A. Lovett - August 22, 2014

An apparent slowdown in global warming since the late 1990s may be due to changes in circulation patterns in the Atlantic and Southern oceans, suggests more…

Link Established Between Crocodile Evolution and Climate

Illustration: Jorge Gonzalez

Link Established Between Crocodile Evolution and Climate

Source: Nature World News/Jenna Iacurci - August 21, 2014

Ancient crocodiles colonized the seas during warm phases and became extinct during cold phases, according to a new study, demonstrating a link between crocodile evolution and more…

Climate Shocks

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Climate Shocks

Author: Peter B. deMenocal - August 20, 2014

Scrambling up the steep bank of a small wadi, or gully, near the western shore of Lake Turkana in northern Kenya, I stop on a more…

Great Pacific Garbage Patch Getting Worse

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Great Pacific Garbage Patch Getting Worse

Source: CBSLA.com - August 19, 2014

LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — A massive patch of garbage floating in the ocean between California and Hawaii continues to grow and have an adverse impact on more…