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Corals in the South China Sea Die When Global Warming Collides With Local Weather

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Corals in the South China Sea Die When Global Warming Collides With Local Weather

Source: Phys.org/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - March 27, 2017

In the South China Sea, a 2°C rise in the sea surface temperature in June 2015 was amplified to produce a 6°C rise on Dongsha more…

A Record Low For Arctic Sea Ice

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A Record Low For Arctic Sea Ice

Source: Phys.org/Seth Borenstein - March 24, 2017

The frigid top of the Earth just set yet another record for low levels of sea ice in what scientists say is a signal of more…

Yoga Pants Believed to be a Source of Plastic Pollution in the Ocean

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Yoga Pants Believed to be a Source of Plastic Pollution in the Ocean

Source: The Huffington Post/Eleanor Goldberg - March 23, 2017

Here’s something to meditate about.

Yoga pants, and other clothes made from common synthetic materials, are causing the world’s oceans to fill up with minuscule more…

Scientists Find Millions More Penguins in Antarctica Than Previously Thought

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Scientists Find Millions More Penguins in Antarctica Than Previously Thought

Source: LiveScience/Kacey Deamer - March 22, 2017

Millions more Adélie penguins are waddling along the icy Antarctic continent than scientists previously thought.

Researchers had estimated that about 2.3 million Adélie penguins called more…

Dead Zones Could Be Threatening Coral Reefs Around the World

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Dead Zones Could Be Threatening Coral Reefs Around the World

Phys.org/ Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute - March 21, 2017

Dead zones affect dozens of coral reefs around the world and threaten hundreds more according to a new study by Smithsonian scientists published in Proceedings more…

South Georgia Island Was Once Covered by Extensive Ice Cap

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South Georgia Island Was Once Covered by Extensive Ice Cap

Phys.org/ University of Exeter - March 20, 2017

A new study reveals the sub-antarctic island of South Georgia—famous for its wildlife—was covered by a massive ice cap during the last ice age.

The more…

Could Leftover Heat From the Last El Niño Spark A New One?

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Could Leftover Heat From the Last El Niño Spark A New One?

Source: Phys.org/Jet Propulsion Laboratory - March 17, 2017

Some climate models are suggesting that El Niño may return later this year, but for now, the Pacific Ocean lingers in a neutral "La Nada" more…

A New Use For Plastic: Entrepreneur Turns Waste Into a Way to Save Trees in Kenya

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A New Use For Plastic: Entrepreneur Turns Waste Into a Way to Save Trees in Kenya

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation/Benson Rioba - March 16, 2017

Plastic littering the streets of Kariobangi is an eyesore for many residents. But for Aghan Oscar it spells opportunity.

Thirteen years ago, Aghan, bothered by more…

No Time to Recover: Mass Coral Bleaching Plagues Great Barrier Reef for the Second Year in a Row

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No Time to Recover: Mass Coral Bleaching Plagues Great Barrier Reef for the Second Year in a Row

USA Today Network/Mary Bowerman - March 15, 2017

An expansive aerial survey found that the Great Barrier Reef has been ravaged by coral bleaching for the second year in a row, marking the more…

Underwater Robots Aid Grey Whale Conservation Efforts in Vancouver

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Underwater Robots Aid Grey Whale Conservation Efforts in Vancouver

Source: CBC News/ Kirstie Hudson - March 14, 2017

Three underwater robots spent weeks listening to grey whales off the west coast of Vancouver Island last month, so scientists can learn more about what more…