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Methane Plumes Sprout off U.S. East Coast

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Methane Plumes Sprout off U.S. East Coast

Source: LiveScience/Becky Oskin - August 26, 2014

In an unexpected discovery, hundreds of gas plumes bubbling up from the seafloor were spotted during a sweeping survey of the U.S. Atlantic Coast.
Even more…

Long Island Sound Impacted by Ocean Acidification

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Long Island Sound Impacted by Ocean Acidification

Source: Newsday/Jennifer Barrios - August 25, 2014

Long Island Sound, already choked with nitrogen, may also be becoming more acidic -- a state that could threaten marine life.
Scientists are turning their more…

Atlantic Key to Understanding Pause in Global Warming

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Atlantic Key to Understanding Pause in Global Warming

Source: Nature/Richard A. Lovett - August 22, 2014

An apparent slowdown in global warming since the late 1990s may be due to changes in circulation patterns in the Atlantic and Southern oceans, suggests more…

Link Established Between Crocodile Evolution and Climate

Illustration: Jorge Gonzalez

Link Established Between Crocodile Evolution and Climate

Source: Nature World News/Jenna Iacurci - August 21, 2014

Ancient crocodiles colonized the seas during warm phases and became extinct during cold phases, according to a new study, demonstrating a link between crocodile evolution and more…

Climate Shocks

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Climate Shocks

Author: Peter B. deMenocal - August 20, 2014

Scrambling up the steep bank of a small wadi, or gully, near the western shore of Lake Turkana in northern Kenya, I stop on a more…

Great Pacific Garbage Patch Getting Worse

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Great Pacific Garbage Patch Getting Worse

Source: CBSLA.com - August 19, 2014

LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — A massive patch of garbage floating in the ocean between California and Hawaii continues to grow and have an adverse impact on more…

Tracking Oil When It’s No Longer Visible

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Tracking Oil When It’s No Longer Visible

Source: Nola.com/Jennifer Larino - August 18, 2014

Researchers have discovered a new way to track the presence of oil in water even after visible slicks have vanished, a tool that could help more…

Ocean Acidification Impacting Coastal Tribes

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Ocean Acidification Impacting Coastal Tribes

Source: Indian County Today Media Network/Terri Hansen - August 15, 2014

The ancestral connections of tribal coastal communities to the ocean’s natural resources stretch back thousands of years. But growing acidification is changing oceanic conditions, putting more…

Mercury Levels Have Tripled on Ocean Surface

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Mercury Levels Have Tripled on Ocean Surface

Source: The Guardian/Fiona Harvey - August 14, 2014

The amount of mercury near the surface of many of the world’s oceans has tripled as the result of our polluting activities, a new study has found, with potentially more…

Massive Red Tide Off Florida Gulf Coast

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Massive Red Tide Off Florida Gulf Coast

Source: LA Times/Deborah Netburn - August 13, 2014

There's a massive red tide blooming off the coast of southwestern Florida and it appears to be growing.
The red tide is patchy, but researchers more…