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Innovative restoration of coral reefs helps protect Caribbean islands

Researchers have measured the protective role of coral reefs and field-tested a solution that reduces coastal risks by combining innovative engineering with restoration ecology.

Satellite observations show sea levels rising, and climate change is accelerating it

Sea level rise is happening now, and the rate at which it is rising is increasing every year, according to a study released Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Microplastics pollute most remote and uncharted areas of the ocean

News, Pollution
Feb
12

First data ever gathered from extremely remote area of the South Indian Ocean has a surprisingly high volume of plastic particles, say scientists. Currently scientists can only account for 1% of the plastic they think is in the ocean.

Shore towns use sand dredged from inlets to widen beaches

Coastal areas around the country are dredging clogged inlets to make them easier to navigate, and using the sand they suck from the bottom to widen beaches damaged by natural erosion or serious storms. Concerns that have arisen from inlet dredging include possibly disturbing wildlife habitat, or affecting the shape of nearby shorelines.

Slowly but surely, South Carolina’s incredibly complex shoreline is losing ground

Erosion, Inform
Feb
11

More than half of South Carolina’s shoreline is eroding under an onslaught of rising seas, pounding storms and other scouring forces. These and other recent findings cast new light on the nature and fate of our coast.

The Last Continent: Antarctic remains an enigma

Inform
Feb
10

As the last continent to be discovered, Antarctica remains a mysterious, mystical and spectacularly beautiful place that often turns adventurers and rational scientists into poets when they are asked to describe it. It is the emptiest and coldest place on Earth, but human incursions over the past century have severely impacted both the wildlife and the oceans.

Plastic waste ‘building up’ in Arctic

News, Pollution
Feb
10

Plastic waste is building up in the supposedly pristine wilderness of the Norwegian Arctic, scientists say.

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Federal penalties against polluters at lowest level in a decade under Trump

News, Pollution
Feb
9

Figures released by the EPA show that 115 crime cases were opened in 2017, down from a peak of nearly 400 in 2009.

Trucking Mud to the Beaches Means More Sand but Dirtier Waters, CA

News, Pollution
Feb
9

When Santa Barbara County dumps tons of mud from the catastrophic debris flow of January 9 on the shores of Goleta and Carpinteria, this wasn’t like anything that’s happened before. So residents are asking, “Will there be long-term effects? Might there be other locations that can share the impacts..?”

Mysterious lives of narwhals

Arctic marine mammals are really good indicators of climate change because they are very specialized. They are finely attuned to specific environmental conditions, thus are good indicator species for how the physical changes many scientists are documenting in the Arctic can reverberate throughout the ecosystem.

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