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Can 475 ‘sand cubes’ protect Capo Beach, CA from further erosion?

Erosion, News
Apr
4

An estimated 475 sand cubes — 3-by-3-foot white plastic bags filled with sand — were being stacked next to one another along the eroding Capo Beach, CA where strong waves, high tides and a rising sea level have battered the area for years.

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80 Percent of New Arctic Sea Ice Melts Before Leaving Russian Coast

The northern coast of Russia is largely considered the most important spot for the formation of new sea ice in the Arctic Ocean. But scientists have discovered that 80 percent of this new sea ice now melts before it can leave coastal waters, up from 50 percent in 2000.

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Coral study traces excess nitrogen to Maui wastewater treatment facility

A new method for reconstructing changes in nitrogen sources over time has enabled scientists to connect excess nutrients in the coastal waters of West Maui, Hawaii, to a sewage treatment facility that injects treated wastewater into the ground.

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Marine heat waves threaten the survival of dolphins and other mammals

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A marine heat wave in Western Australia that had lasting impacts on dolphin populations may be a disturbing sign of things to come, according to a new study. The researchers have determined that climate change will have more devastating consequences for marine mammals than what was previously realized.

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Pregnant whale washed up in Italian tourist spot had 22 kilograms of plastic in its stomach

News, Pollution
Apr
1

The carcass of a pregnant sperm whale that washed up in Sardinia, Italy, last week had 22 kilograms (49 pounds) of plastic in its stomach, and was carrying a dead fetus, the country’s environment minister and a marine life non-profit organization said.

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Even Antarctica’s Coldest Region Is Starting to Melt

East Antarctica is the coldest spot on earth, long thought to be untouched by warming. But now the glaciers and ice shelves in this frigid region are showing signs of melting, a development that portends dramatic rises in sea levels this century and beyond.

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Alaska hit 70 degrees the earliest ever

Parts of the state have had their earliest 70-degree readings on record. More records are expected to be broken this weekend, with temperatures soaring as much as 50 degrees above normal in the fastest-warming state.

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Sea anemones are ingesting plastic microfibers

News, Pollution
Mar
30

Tiny fragments of plastic in the ocean are consumed by sea anemones along with their food, and bleached anemones retain these microfibers longer than healthy ones, according to new research.

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Why do Garfield phones keep washing up on this beach?

News, Pollution
Mar
29

For three decades it was a mystery that seemed to defy belief. Bright orange plastic novelty phones shaped like the grumpy cartoon cat Garfield kept washing up on the rocky Atlantic shoreline of Brittany, in western France.

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