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Ocean Warming and Acidification are Making Seafood Less Nutritious

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Ocean Warming and Acidification are Making Seafood Less Nutritious

Source: Hakai Magazine/Josh Gabbatiss - May 29, 2017

For many, picturing the effects of climate change on the ocean likely conjures visions of melting ice caps, rising sea levels, and bleached coral reefs. more…

Are Living Organisms Evolving the Ability to Break Down Ocean Plastics?

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Are Living Organisms Evolving the Ability to Break Down Ocean Plastics?

Source: New Scientist/Michael Le Page - May 26, 2017

Plastic. There should be hundreds of thousands of tonnes of the stuff floating around in our oceans. But we are finding less than expected – more…

North Atlantic’s Cold, Deep Waters Pose Threat to Any Oil Spill Recovery

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North Atlantic’s Cold, Deep Waters Pose Threat to Any Oil Spill Recovery

Source: Phys.org/University of Aberdeen - May 25, 2017

Sub-zero temperatures in the deep waters of the North Atlantic would significantly hamper the ability of oil-eating bacteria to help the ocean recover from a more…

Strange Humpback Whale Behavior in BC Raises Stakes for Conservation

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Strange Humpback Whale Behavior in BC Raises Stakes for Conservation

Source: The Conversation/Eric Keen - May 24, 2017

In a fjord system of northern British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province, a team of scientists, non-profits and an indigenous monitoring group have uncovered a curious more…

Coral Reef Fish Help Boost Photosynthesis by Circulating Water

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Coral Reef Fish Help Boost Photosynthesis by Circulating Water

Source: New Scientist/Vedrana Simicevic - May 23, 2017

The fin fanning of damselfish in the Red Sea helps boost the rate of photosynthesis of the algae that live inside corals.

We already knew that the more…

Vaquitas Could Be Extinct By 2018 Unless Drastic Measures Taken

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Vaquitas Could Be Extinct By 2018 Unless Drastic Measures Taken

Source: Live Science/Stephanie Pappas - May 22, 2017

Mexico's vaquita porpoise is likely to go extinct without an immediate effort to save it, the World Wildlife Fund warned yesterday (May 18).

Vaquitas (Phocoena more…

In a Perfect World Anchovies Could be the Silver Bullet for Malnutrition in Peru

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In a Perfect World Anchovies Could be the Silver Bullet for Malnutrition in Peru

Source: Hakai Magazine/Lily Strelich - May 19, 2017

On a soccer field 3,000 meters above sea level, Quechua healthcare workers with Sacred Valley Health attach a measuring tape to a goalpost. One by more…

Yellow-Eyed Penguins in Mainland New Zealand Face Extinction by 2060 Unless Action is Taken

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Yellow-Eyed Penguins in Mainland New Zealand Face Extinction by 2060 Unless Action is Taken

Source: ScienceDaily/University of Otago - May 18, 2017

Iconic Yellow-eyed penguins could disappear from New Zealand's Otago Peninsula by 2060, latest research warns. Researchers call for coordinated conservation action.

In a newly published more…

Millions of Plastic Pieces Find Their Way to a Pristine Pacific Island

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Millions of Plastic Pieces Find Their Way to a Pristine Pacific Island

Source: NPR/Camila Domonoske - May 17, 2017

More than 37 million pieces of plastic debris have accumulated on a remote island in the South Pacific, thousands of miles from the nearest city, more…

How Do We Clean The World’s Biggest Patch of Rubbish?

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How Do We Clean The World’s Biggest Patch of Rubbish?

Source: BBC Newsround - May 16, 2017

Plastic rubbish dumped in the sea causes big problems for sea life, and can pollute the water we drink.
But a new invention could provide more…