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Giant Clams Keep Reefs Healthy

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Giant Clams Keep Reefs Healthy

Source: NewScientist/T.V. Padma - December 19, 2014

It's time they came out of their shells. It seems the world's largest molluscs, the giant clams of the Indo-Pacific coral reefs, have been doing more…

Alternatives to Shark Fishing in Indonesia

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Alternatives to Shark Fishing in Indonesia

Source: AFP/Olivia Rondonuwu - December 18, 2014

Sharks are hauled ashore every day at a busy market on the central Indonesian island of Lombok, the hub of a booming trade that provides more…

Bangladesh Oil Spill Threatens Largest Mangrove Forest

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Bangladesh Oil Spill Threatens Largest Mangrove Forest

Source: National Geographic/Caroline Alexander - December 17, 2014

Oil from a wrecked tanker is creating a disaster in the waters of Bangladesh's Sundarbans, the largest contiguous tidal mangrove forest in the world and a more…

Greenland’s Melting Ice

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Greenland’s Melting Ice

Source: LA Times/Geoffrey Mohan - December 16, 2014

When it comes to melting ice on Greenland, climate change experts got everything right but the present.

That means Greenland’s contribution to sea level rise more…

Arctic Knowns are Scary, Unknowns even Scarier

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Arctic Knowns are Scary, Unknowns even Scarier

Source: Quartz/Edward Struzik - December 15, 2014

This post originally appeared at Ensia.
In the winter of 2013–14, hundreds of milk-white birds with luminous yellow eyes and wingspans of up to five feet more…

A Sea of Trash Upon an Ocean of Plastic Bags

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A Sea of Trash Upon an Ocean of Plastic Bags

Source: The Sacramento Bee - December 12, 2014

A new academic study out this week, and published in the journal PLOS ONE, for the first time gives a hard number to the amount of more…

Radiation from Fukushima Nearing California Coast

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Radiation from Fukushima Nearing California Coast

Source: Statesman Journal/Tracey Loew - December 11, 2014

On the last Sunday in November, Terry Waldron waded into the surf at Nye Beach in Newport and filled a plastic bucket from the frigid more…

The Plight of the Vaquitas

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The Plight of the Vaquitas

Source: LA Times/Louis Sahagun - December 10, 2014

The world’s rarest cetacean could disappear in less than four years unless immediate action is taken by the Mexican government to protect it from entanglement more…

Sewage Dumping at Sea

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Sewage Dumping at Sea

Source: TakePart/Taylor Hill - December 9, 2014

They say cruise ship passengers put on a pound a day while sailing, but that’s not nearly as much as they’re leaving behind.

Those all-you-can-eat more…

Warming Climate Could Trigger Jump in Sea Level

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Warming Climate Could Trigger Jump in Sea Level

Source: The Wall Street Journal/Gautam Naik - December 8, 2014

Warmer water is washing up against large swaths of the Antarctic ice sheet, accelerating the melting of glaciers from below and hastening their slide into more…

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