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Marine Pollution

Decades-Old Pollution is Being Unlocked by Sea Level Rise Into Chesapeake Bay

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Decades-Old Pollution is Being Unlocked by Sea Level Rise Into Chesapeake Bay

Source: Hakai Magazine/Roberta Kwok - January 12, 2018

In 2015, Kate Tully visited farms near the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay. She was investigating whether sea level rise had caused brackish water more…

Scientists Warn That The Ocean Is Suffocating: Huge Dead Zones Quadruple Since 1950

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Scientists Warn That The Ocean Is Suffocating: Huge Dead Zones Quadruple Since 1950

Source: The Guardian/Damian Carrington - January 9, 2018

Ocean dead zones with zero oxygen have quadrupled in size since 1950, scientists have warned, while the number of very low oxygen sites near coasts more…

Shellfish Can’t Say No To Drugs: Scientists Discover the Consequences of Pharmaceutical Pollution

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Shellfish Can’t Say No To Drugs: Scientists Discover the Consequences of Pharmaceutical Pollution

Source: Hakai Magazine/Amorina Kingdon - January 8, 2018

From coastal cities around the world, through pipes lurking just beneath the waves, streams of human waste flood into the sea. Sometimes this water is more…

We Warn Pregnant Women To Eat Less Fish, But What About Marine Mammals Who Have No Choice?

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We Warn Pregnant Women To Eat Less Fish, But What About Marine Mammals Who Have No Choice?

Source: The TerraMar Project - December 6, 2017

Down to our basic biology, humans are mammals. Just like the whales, dolphins, pinnipeds, and polar bears that live in our world’s oceans.
And since more…

Glitter Bugs: Nurseries Are Banning This Common Source of Plastic Pollution

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Glitter Bugs: Nurseries Are Banning This Common Source of Plastic Pollution

Source: The Guardian/Jules Howard - November 28, 2017

What will the rocks record about the lives we lead? What might a future palaeontologist, human or otherwise, make of the structures that will come more…

Mercury Declines in Seabirds Are a Result of Diet, Not Emissions Control

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Mercury Declines in Seabirds Are a Result of Diet, Not Emissions Control

Source: The Conversation/Kyle Elliott/Mehrnoosh Azodi - November 27, 2017

For 47 years, biologists have plucked eggs from seabird nests along the British Columbia coast. Many of the eggs were collected from remote rocky islands more…

Your Sunscreen Could be Polluting the Ocean, But a Natural Solution Could Lie in Algae

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Your Sunscreen Could be Polluting the Ocean, But a Natural Solution Could Lie in Algae

Source: The Independent/Karl Lawrence/Antony Young - September 21, 2017

An estimated 6,000-14,000 tons of sunscreen are deposited into coral reef areas of the sea every year. The chemicals we rub onto our skin might more…

Sunken Oil Tanker Blackens Greek Beaches, Described as ‘Ecological Disaster’

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Sunken Oil Tanker Blackens Greek Beaches, Described as ‘Ecological Disaster’

Source: The Guardian/Helena Smith - September 15, 2017

An emergency operation is under way to clean up an oil spill from a sunken tanker that has blackened popular beaches and bays in Athens’ more…

Plan to Improve Water Quality on Great Barrier Reef Ignores Scientific Advice

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Plan to Improve Water Quality on Great Barrier Reef Ignores Scientific Advice

Source: The Guardian/Michael Slezak - September 1, 2017

Australia’s draft plan to improve water quality on the Great Barrier Reef has ignored official government scientific advice, which was published by the Queensland and federal governments more…

5.25 Trillion Plastic Pieces in the Ocean and Counting: What’s Next?

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5.25 Trillion Plastic Pieces in the Ocean and Counting: What’s Next?

Source: National Geographic/Laura Parker - July 5, 2017

The numbers are staggering: There are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean. Of that mass, 269,000 tons float on the surface, while more…