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Adapting to a Warming World: Arabian Gulf Coral Reefs Offer Lessons About Climate Change

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Adapting to a Warming World: Arabian Gulf Coral Reefs Offer Lessons About Climate Change

Source: Phys.org/New York University/Rebecca Breyer - September 21, 2017

Somewhere on Lake Erie, leaning over the rail of a research vessel in a November snowstorm and trying not to be sick, John Burt decided more…

Diversifying Catch Means More Stable Income for Fishermen

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Diversifying Catch Means More Stable Income for Fishermen

Source: Phys.org/University of Washington - September 20, 2017

Catching a diversity of fish species—instead of specializing—means more stable income for fishers.

For people who make a living by harvesting natural resources, income volatility is a more…

Starving Killer Whales Are Losing Most of Their Babies, Threatening the Species’ Future Survival

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Starving Killer Whales Are Losing Most of Their Babies, Threatening the Species’ Future Survival

Source: Hakai Magazine/Danielle Beurteaux - September 19, 2017

The southern resident killer whales of the northeast Pacific are in trouble. Despite having special protections from both the Canadian and American governments, there are more…

How Climate Change is Challenging the Survival of Fish Across the World

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How Climate Change is Challenging the Survival of Fish Across the World

Source: Science Daily/University of Washington - September 18, 2017

Climate change will force many amphibians, mammals and birds to move to cooler areas outside their normal ranges, provided they can find space and a more…

Sunken Oil Tanker Blackens Greek Beaches, Described as ‘Ecological Disaster’

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Sunken Oil Tanker Blackens Greek Beaches, Described as ‘Ecological Disaster’

Source: The Guardian/Helena Smith - September 15, 2017

An emergency operation is under way to clean up an oil spill from a sunken tanker that has blackened popular beaches and bays in Athens’ more…

As Large Marine Reserves Proliferate, Care Must be Taken to Ensure They’re Properly Enforced and Effective

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As Large Marine Reserves Proliferate, Care Must be Taken to Ensure They’re Properly Enforced and Effective

Source: News Deeply/Matthew O. Berger - September 14, 2017

As progress is steadily being made toward the United Nations goal of setting aside 10 percent of the ocean as marine protected areas by 2020, scientists and conservationists more…

The Need for a Coral Vault Seems More Urgent After Hurricane Irma, Especially With Jose and Katia Bearing Down

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The Need for a Coral Vault Seems More Urgent After Hurricane Irma, Especially With Jose and Katia Bearing Down

Source: Hakai Magazine/Sophie Yeo - September 13, 2017

In a laboratory on a narrow patch of land in the Florida Keys, marine biologists were collecting tiny fragments of living corals and storing them more…

Researchers are Finding Microplastics in Sea Salt, Adding to Worries About Plastic Pollution in Our Diets

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Researchers are Finding Microplastics in Sea Salt, Adding to Worries About Plastic Pollution in Our Diets

Source: The Guardian/Jessica Glenza - September 12, 2017

Sea salt around the world has been contaminated by plastic pollution, adding to experts’ fears that microplastics are becoming ubiquitous in the environment and finding more…

Oceanic Thunderstorms Are Being Intensified by Ship Exhaust

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Oceanic Thunderstorms Are Being Intensified by Ship Exhaust

Source: Phys.org/American Geophysical Union - September 11, 2017

Thunderstorms directly above two of the world's busiest shipping lanes are significantly more powerful than storms in areas of the ocean where ships don't travel, more…

A Daily Dose of Plastic: New Study Shows Billions of People Are Drinking Tap Water Contaminated by Microplastics

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A Daily Dose of Plastic: New Study Shows Billions of People Are Drinking Tap Water Contaminated by Microplastics

Source: The Guardian/Damian Carrington - September 8, 2017

Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, leading to calls from scientists for urgent research on the implications for more…