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Tires and Synthetic Clothing Could be Polluting the Ocean in a Big Way

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Tires and Synthetic Clothing Could be Polluting the Ocean in a Big Way

Source: CNBC/Anmar Frangoul - February 27, 2017

A new report from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has found that as much as 31 percent of the estimated 9.5 million more…

Humongous Crack in the Antarctic Ice Shelf Revealed in New Video

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Humongous Crack in the Antarctic Ice Shelf Revealed in New Video

Source: LiveScience/Jeanna Bryner - February 24, 2017

A giant crack that could release a chunk of ice larger than the state of Rhode Island into the sea was captured in stunning detail more…

Restoring Coral Reefs Is a New Priority for Ocean Resorts

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Restoring Coral Reefs Is a New Priority for Ocean Resorts

Source: The New York Times/Jennifer Billock - February 23, 2017

Last April, Caterina Fattori stood on a beach in the Maldives feeling frustrated. The coral reef was bleaching, turning into a ghost reef with pale, stressed corals, more…

More Than 6,600 Spills in 10 Years Across Four States From Fracking

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More Than 6,600 Spills in 10 Years Across Four States From Fracking

Source: Phys.org/Duke University - February 22, 2017

Each year, 2 to 16 percent of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells spill hydrocarbons, chemical-laden water, hydraulic fracturing fluids and other substances, according to more…

Impacts Revealed of Indian Ocean’s Massive Coral Reef Die-Off

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Impacts Revealed of Indian Ocean’s Massive Coral Reef Die-Off

Source: Phys.org/University of Exeter - February 21, 2017

Warming seawaters, caused by climate change and extreme climatic events, threaten the stability of tropical coral reefs, with potentially devastating implications for many reef species more…

Operation SnowEx, NASA’s Campaign to Understand Snow as a Water Source

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Operation SnowEx, NASA’s Campaign to Understand Snow as a Water Source

Source: NASA/Rani Gran - February 20, 2017

Researchers have completed the first flights of a NASA-led field campaign that is targeting one of the biggest gaps in scientists' understanding of Earth's water more…

Arctic Seafloor Litter Levels Are Increasing Dramatically

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Arctic Seafloor Litter Levels Are Increasing Dramatically

Source: UPI/Brooks Hays - February 17, 2017

(UPI) -- Marine scientists from Germany have been monitoring litter levels in the Arctic since 2002. They say the problem is getting worse.

Litter is identified more…

Scientists Just Realized the Warming Climate Caused a Major Change in the Ocean

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Scientists Just Realized the Warming Climate Caused a Major Change in the Ocean

Source: The Washington Post/C - February 16, 2017

A large research synthesis, published in one of the world’s most influential scientific journals, has detected a decline in the amount of dissolved oxygen in more…

Last Year’s El Niño Caused Unprecedented Erosion of the California Coastline

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Last Year’s El Niño Caused Unprecedented Erosion of the California Coastline

Source: Phys.org/University of California - Santa Barbara - February 15, 2017

Last winter's El Niño might have felt weak to residents of Southern California, but it was in fact one of the most powerful climate events more…

Scientist at Work: Tracking Muskoxen in a Warming Arctic

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Scientist at Work: Tracking Muskoxen in a Warming Arctic

Source: The Conversation/Joel Berger, Colorado State University - February 14, 2017

Our Earth has unimaginable diversity, from seascapes 8,000 meters below the ocean’s surface to landscapes 8,000 meters above it. Its physical beauty comes in inconceivable more…

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