Just Washed In

Strange waves rippled around Earth. Now we may know why.


An “exceptional phenomenon” near the tiny islands of Mayotte may help explain a low-frequency rumble that swept around the world last year.

Against the grain: anger grows at spike in ‘sand graffiti’ by tourists in Japan

Local authorities in Japan have drawn a line in the sand amid anger over a rise in graffiti by foreign tourists disfiguring its pristine coastal dunes.

Most parents want kids to learn about climate change, but most schools don’t teach it

A new study paints a glaring divide between what parents want their kids to learn in school and what’s actually being taught. According to a new poll conducted by NPR and Ipsos, more than 80 percent of parents are in favor of teaching of climate change in school.

Beach cleanups are missing millions of pieces of plastic

News, Pollution

In the last decade, beach cleanups have grown into a global phenomenon, with volunteers gathering at regular intervals for the Sisyphean task of cleaning up plastic trash. Now, a new research suggests that beach cleanups can inadvertently mask the full scale of plastic pollution, much of which lies below the sand’s surface.

Glint of the Irrawaddy Delta


The Irrawaddy is the largest river in Burma (Myanmar) and the country’s most important transportation artery.

Dozens of gray whales are dying on the West Coast. What’s killing them?

At least 53 dead or dying gray whales have washed up on West Coast beaches this spring, a death rate that’s only been seen once before. The great mammals are starving to death and scientists have theories as to why but so far no full explanation. The number of deaths is likely much higher because it’s estimated that only 10% of dead whales actually end up on shore.

Predicting Wave Wash Overs for Sea Turtle Nests

To better protect coastal species, researchers developed a model that predicts harmful wash overs with 83% accuracy.

Hands Across the Sand, May 18th, 2019: “Say NO to dirty fuels and YES to clean energy”

Join Hands around the globe in silent solidarity to say NO to fossil fuels and YES to clean energy.

Explorer says record-breaking deep dive “opening the door for science”

News, Pollution

An American diver set a new record for the deepest dive in history last month when he plunged nearly 36,000 feet. Though he was the first to make it to those depths, man’s impact is already present there with plastic scattered among the sea creatures.

It was 84 degrees near the Arctic Ocean this weekend as CO2 hit its highest level in human history

It was 84 degrees near the Arctic Ocean this weekend as carbon dioxide hit its highest level in human history.

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