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Only 20% of Britons Have Heard of Ocean Acidification, Fewer Know the Threat It Poses

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Only 20% of Britons Have Heard of Ocean Acidification, Fewer Know the Threat It Poses

Source: The Guardian/Jeremy Hance - May 30, 2016

If you’ve heard of ocean acidification, you’re in the minority. If you know that ocean acidification is caused by carbon pollution from burning fossil fuels more…

The Arctic Ocean Is Getting Spicier

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The Arctic Ocean Is Getting Spicier

Source: Alaska Public/Emily Russell - May 27, 2016

The Arctic Ocean is getting spicier. A new study published in the Journal of Physical Oceanography suggests that rising temperatures in the far north could more…

Cuttlefish, Octopus, and Squid Are Booming: Good News From the Sea?

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Cuttlefish, Octopus, and Squid Are Booming: Good News From the Sea?

Source: Christian Science Monitor/Eva Botkin-Kowacki - May 26, 2016

It's rare to hear about life doing well in the oceans these days. But cephalopods – a group of marine animals that includes squids, octopuses, more…

Totoaba Bladders Are Aquatic Cocaine, the Latest Mexican Smuggling Commodity

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Totoaba Bladders Are Aquatic Cocaine, the Latest Mexican Smuggling Commodity

Source: CNN/Kyung Lah and Alberto Moya - May 25, 2016

(CNN) - Jonathan Garcia Pereda snapped a photo, the contraband glowing white in his smartphone. Mexican federal police had stopped a 28-year-old man from San Felipe more…

Octopus Swarms Are Taking Over the Ocean

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Octopus Swarms Are Taking Over the Ocean

Source: Gizmodo/Maddie Stone - May 24, 2016

Something strange is happening to the oceans. As coral reefs wither and fisheries collapse, octopuses are multiplying like mad. As soon as they perceive weakness, more…

Starvation Linked to UK Harbour Porpoise Strandings

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Starvation Linked to UK Harbour Porpoise Strandings

Source: New Scientist/Robin Wylie - May 23, 2016

The number of porpoises starving to death in British waters has risen alarmingly in the 21st century, marine biologists have warned.

Data released this week more…

Global Warming Could Lead to Less Oxygen in the Ocean, With Global Consequences

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Global Warming Could Lead to Less Oxygen in the Ocean, With Global Consequences

Source: The Washington Post/Chris Mooney - May 20, 2016

In the long list of troubling climate change scenarios, there’s one that gets relatively little attention, but definitely has enormous potential consequences.

It goes like more…

Turtles and Dolphins Are Suffering, Scientists Say We may be Next

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Turtles and Dolphins Are Suffering, Scientists Say We may be Next

Source: Sun Herald/Anita Lee - May 19, 2016

GULFPORT -- Dolphins and sea turtles are sounding the alarm, but Moby Solangi wonders if we are listening.

The executive director of the Institute for more…

Polluted Dust Impacts Ocean Life Thousands of Miles Away

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Polluted Dust Impacts Ocean Life Thousands of Miles Away

Source: Georgia Tech News Center/Josh Brown - May 18, 2016

As climatologists closely monitor the impact of human activity on the world’s oceans, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have found yet another worrying more…

Ocean Noise Is Killing Whales, But We Know How to Quiet the Seas

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Ocean Noise Is Killing Whales, But We Know How to Quiet the Seas

Source: Co.Exist/Adele Peters - May 17, 2016

One morning, on a beach in the Bahamas, whale researcher Ken Balcomb discovered a stranded whale. With the help of assistants, he tried to push more…

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