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Environment

Swimming Through Rubbish

Photo: Lewis Pugh

Swimming Through Rubbish

Source: The New York Times/Lewis Pugh - September 30, 2014

CAPE TOWN — You get a good feel for the health of the oceans when you stick your head in them for four weeks. This more…

The Diving Bell Spider Spends Its Entire Life Underwater

Photo: S Hetz

The Diving Bell Spider Spends Its Entire Life Underwater

Source: Wired/Matt Simon - September 29, 2014

Legend has it that none other than Alexander the Great was among the first peopleto plumb the ocean depths in a glass diving bell, a simple more…

Our Addiction to Plastic is Toxic to the Ocean

Photo: Koh Phi Phi Ley Thailand

Our Addiction to Plastic is Toxic to the Ocean

Source: The Daily Mail/Philip Hoare - September 26, 2014

Plastic. It’s one of the most pernicious threats to the future of our planet. We all use it — it’s part of our daily lives more…

World Watches as Dead Zones and Algae Ruin Water

Photo: ESA

World Watches as Dead Zones and Algae Ruin Water

Source: Circle of Blue/Codi Kozacek - September 25, 2014

Decades of research and billions of dollars spent to understand the causes of toxic algae blooms and oxygen-starved aquatic dead zones around the world have more…

Antifreeze Proteins Help Fish Survive in Antarctic Waters

Photo: Paul Cziko

Antifreeze Proteins Help Fish Survive in Antarctic Waters

Source: EarthSky - September 24, 2014

Proteins bind quickly to ice crystals entering the body of Antarctic notothenioid fishes to corral the ice. But the proteins hang on and later prevent more…

Drugs Contaminating Drinking Water a Growing Concern

Photo: EPA.gov

Drugs Contaminating Drinking Water a Growing Concern

Source: CBC News/Kelly Crowe - September 23, 2014

If we’re taking it, we’re also drinking it: painkillers, blood thinners, hormones, chemotherapy agents, even cocaine and amphetamines.

Whatever goes into us, also comes out of more…

Coastal Upwelling Has Become More Variable in Recent Years

Photo: Nancy Nehring

Coastal Upwelling Has Become More Variable in Recent Years

Source: LiveScience/Kelly Dickerson - September 22, 2014

Ocean currents that deliver important nutrients to shallow, coastal waters have become weaker and more variable over the last half-century, which could affect fish and more…

Coral Reefs Can Be Saved

Photo: Gary Bell

Coral Reefs Can Be Saved

Source: New York Times/Jeremy Jackson and Ayana Elizabeth Johnson - September 19, 2014

Parrotfish eat algae and seaweed. These brightly colored fish with beaklike mouths inhabit coral reefs, the wellsprings of ocean life. Without them and other herbivores, more…

Infamous ‘Red Tide’ Could Hit Florida Economy

Photo: Diane Varner

Infamous ‘Red Tide’ Could Hit Florida Economy

Source: AP/Jason Dearen - September 18, 2014

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — It's like Florida's version of The Blob. Slow moving glops of toxic algae in the northeast Gulf of Mexico are killing more…

Australia’s Coastal Trash is Homegrown Problem

Photo: Sarah Bayles

Australia’s Coastal Trash is Homegrown Problem

Source: Voice of America/Phil Mercer - September 17, 2014

SYDNEY-The world's largest survey of coastal trash has found that illegal dumping is a main source of rubbish on beaches in Australia.

Researchers combed the more…