Surfing from / April, 2013

Exploring the Saltiness of the Ocean to Study Climate Change

This oceanographic research campaign is aimed at understanding the salinity of the upper ocean, which is a much more reliable indicator of the water cycle than any land-based measurement. How the water cycle evolves in response to global warming is one of the most important climate change issues.

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Activists Fight Foreign Aid to Develop El Salvador’s Pacific Coastline

Community leaders in El Salvador are opposed to the government’s plans to use foreign aid funds to develop the country’s Pacific coastline, on the grounds that it would threaten the environment in a vast area.

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BP Rebuked Over North Sea Oil Leak

News, Pollution
Apr
29

Norway’s oil and gas safety authority blames poor maintenance and serious breaches of regulations for BP’s Ula incident.

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Toxic Threads: Polluting Paradise A story of big brands and water pollution in Indonesia

News, Pollution
Apr
28

Greenpeace International investigations have revealed the dumping of industrial wastewater containing a cocktail of toxic and hazardous chemicals, and caustic water, directly into the Citarum River, West Java. International fashion brands are linked to this pollution…

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Let’s Free our Oceans from this (Plastic) Plague

Inform, Pollution
Apr
27

Marine litter is emblematic of our wasteful economy. What should we do about plastic waste? A New Green Paper opens EU-wide reflection.

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First Confirmed Japanese Tsunami Debris in California

Federal officials say a fishing boat that washed ashore in Northern California is the first debris to reach the state that’s been confirmed as having come from the Japanese tsunami.

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Sea Surface Temperatures Reach Highest Level in 150 Years, NOAA

These high sea surface temperatures are the latest in a trend of above average temperature seen during the spring and summer seasons, and part of a pattern of elevated temperatures occurring in the Northwest Atlantic

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Affordable and Accurate Technology to Identify Threats from Sea-Level Rise?

A team of researchers led by Associate Professor Edward L. Webb of the National University of Singapore (NUS) is calling for the global adoption of a method to identify areas that are vulnerable to sea-level rise.

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American Coasts, Past and Future, by John R. Gillis

America had shores long before it had an interior. Its western edge was first colonized by Asian migrants arriving by foot. The second colonization was by ship, this time from the east. But the latest and most transformative colonization comes not by sea but from land, from the interior…

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