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Coral Reefs Can Be Saved

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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

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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

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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…

Record Setting Ocean Temperatures in Gulf of Alaska Bring New Fish

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Record Setting Ocean Temperatures in Gulf of Alaska Bring New Fish

Source: Washington Post/Elahe Izadi - September 16, 2014

Something odd is happening in Northern Pacific waters: They're heating up. In fact, it hasn't been this warm in parts of the Gulf of Alaska for this long more…

Plastic Pollution Makes Remote Pacific Atoll Candidate for Superfund Site

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Plastic Pollution Makes Remote Pacific Atoll Candidate for Superfund Site

Source: TakePart/Taylor Hill - September 15, 2014

Hawaiian green sea turtles, monk seals, and black-footed albatrosses are all closer to getting a cleaner, plastic-free home as the federal government takes a step more…

Carbon Pumped Into Atmosphere at Record Rate in 2013

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Carbon Pumped Into Atmosphere at Record Rate in 2013

Source: Business Insider/Chelsea Harvey - September 12, 2014

Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere increased at a record-breaking pace last year, a new report shows.
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reports that between 2012 more…

Marine Protected Areas Need Expansion to be Effective

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Marine Protected Areas Need Expansion to be Effective

Source: Red Orbit/John Delaney, Wildlife Conservation Society - September 11, 2014

A new study reports that an expansion of marine protected areas is needed to protect fish species that perform key ecological functions. According to investigators from the more…

Mussels Can’t Stick In Acidic Ocean Water

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Mussels Can’t Stick In Acidic Ocean Water

Source: The Daily Climate/Miguel Llanos - September 10, 2014

PENN COVE, Wash. – Cookie tray in hand and lifejacket around chest, Laura Newcomb looks more like a confused baker than a marine biologist. But more…

Ocean’s Ability to Absorb Carbon Dioxide Diminishing, Says Report

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Ocean’s Ability to Absorb Carbon Dioxide Diminishing, Says Report

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald/Peter Hannam - September 9, 2014

Atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide are rising at a record rate as fossil fuel consumption increases and the ability of the oceans to absorb the more…

Scientists Seek to Recover Lost Crab Pots in Washington State Waters

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Scientists Seek to Recover Lost Crab Pots in Washington State Waters

Source: AP/Manuel Valdes - September 8, 2014

Over 12,000 crab pots are lost in Washington state's Puget Sound every year, costing an estimated $700,000 in lost harvest revenue, and more poignantly, damaging more…