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Global Network Will Track Acidifying Oceans

A global effort to track ocean acidification has begun to take shape, as researchers this week made plans to set up an international network of monitoring stations.

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Toronto Council Votes for Plastic Bag Ban

News, Pollution
Jun
29

Canada’s largest city will eliminate its mandatory plastic bag fee on Sunday, just six months before joining the growing movement to ban the single-use bags entirely.

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Find Tsunami Debris On The Oregon Coast? Call 211

Find a boxcar-sized dock on the beach, or a soccer ball with Japanese symbols? The state of Oregon wants to hear from you. Just dial 211.

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Fears Accompany Fishermen in Japanese Disaster Region

The catch from six small fishing boats, the first to resume commercial fishing in the waters off Fukushima since last year’s nuclear catastrophe, went on sale at local supermarkets on Monday, raising hopes and concerns in a region struggling to return to something like normal.

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Sea versus Senators

Could nature be mocking North Carolina’s law-makers? Less than two weeks after the state’s senate passed a bill banning state agencies from reporting that sea-level rise is accelerating, research has shown that the coast between North Carolina and Massachusetts is experiencing the fastest sea-level rise in the world…

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Official Rejects Sand-mining Resumption Proposal

News, Sand Mining
Jun
28

Barbuda Council Member Senator Arthur Nibbs says the indicated position of the Barbuda Council Chairman Calvin Punter that the sister-isle could soon be returning to sand mining in order to cushion heavy-hitting financial challenges, is as unsurprising as it going to be damaging.

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NRDC Annual Beach Report: Closing & Advisory Days Hit Third-Highest Level in Two Decades

News, Pollution
Jun
27

America’s beaches saw the third-highest number of closing and advisory days in more than two decades last year, confirming the nation’s seashores continue to suffer from stormwater runoff and sewage pollution that can make people sick and harm coastal economies, according to the 22nd annual beachwater quality report released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Brown Tides: Scientists Probe The Inner Workings of Harmful Algae

Brown tides have caused collapses of the shellfish industry around Long Island, N.Y., at a loss of millions of dollars each year. What causes them? Why are they becoming more frequent? What can we do to prevent them or mitigate their damage?

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Long-Term Sea-Level Rise in a Two-Degree Warmer World

Sea levels around the world can be expected to rise by several metres in coming centuries, if global warming carries on.

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