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How Microplastics Make Their Way up the Ocean Food Chain Into Fish

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How Microplastics Make Their Way up the Ocean Food Chain Into Fish

Source: The Conversation/Louise Tosetto, Macquarie University; Culum Brown, Macquarie University, and Jane Williamson, Macquarie Universi - December 2, 2016

Up to 236,000 tonnes of microplastics – tiny pieces of broken-down plastic smaller than your little fingernail – enter our oceans each year. This has more…

Changes to Arctic Permafrost Measured Locally Have Global Implications

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Changes to Arctic Permafrost Measured Locally Have Global Implications

Source: Phys.org/USGS - December 1, 2016

Permafrost loss due to a rapidly warming Alaska is leading to significant changes in the freshwater chemistry and hydrology of Alaska's Yukon River Basin with more…

Fragile North Atlantic Coral Populations at Risk From Climate Change

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Fragile North Atlantic Coral Populations at Risk From Climate Change

Source: International Business Times/Avaneesh Pandey - November 30, 2016

We already know that climate change-induced rise in ocean temperature and acidity has killed at least a quarter of the corals in the northern and more…

Japan Looks to Concrete Barriers Along the Coastline to Protect Itself From the Elements

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Japan Looks to Concrete Barriers Along the Coastline to Protect Itself From the Elements

Source: Ars Technica/Sarah Baird - November 29, 2016

SENDAI, Japan—It’s a blustery day and I’m standing on a giant concrete seawall, staring over the water.

The seawall, as you might imagine, is a more…

Arctic Approaches Dangerous Tipping Point

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Arctic Approaches Dangerous Tipping Point

Source: Business Insider UK/Fiona Harvey, The Guardian - November 28, 2016

Arctic scientists have warned that the increasingly rapid melting of the ice cap risks triggering 19 "tipping points" in the region that could have catastrophic more…

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico Caused Wetlands to Sink Beneath the Waves

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Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico Caused Wetlands to Sink Beneath the Waves

Source: Washington Post/Chelsea Harvey - November 25, 2016

Six years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill devastated the shore of the Gulf of Mexico, scientists are still taking stock of the damage it more…

The Search for a Fish-Substitute in Fishmeal and Fish Oil

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The Search for a Fish-Substitute in Fishmeal and Fish Oil

Source: National Geographic/Annie Reisewitz - November 23, 2016

Small oily fish like anchovy, herring and menhaden are the main target of the industrial fishmeal and oil fisheries. Once captured the fish are ground more…

Marine Snow Plays a Vital Role in a Healthy Ocean

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Marine Snow Plays a Vital Role in a Healthy Ocean

Source: Forbes/Marshall Shepherd - November 22, 2016

As a professor at a major university, it is always fascinating to learn along with our students. This week in an oral comprehensive examination of more…

Kelp Forests Feel Brunt of Ocean Warming as Tropical Fish Migrate to Historically Cooler Waters

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Kelp Forests Feel Brunt of Ocean Warming as Tropical Fish Migrate to Historically Cooler Waters

Source: The Guardian/Calla Wahlquist - November 21, 2016

Herbivorous tropical fish have destroyed kelp forests in northern New South Wales, showing that even small increases in ocean temperature can lead to kelp deforestation, more…

World Set for the Hottest Year on Record, Says World Meteorological Organization

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World Set for the Hottest Year on Record, Says World Meteorological Organization

Source: The Conversation/Blair Trewin, World Meteorological Organization - November 18, 2016

2016 is set to be the world’s hottest year on record. According to the World Meteorological Organization’s preliminary statement on the global climate for 2016, more…

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