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Plastic Found in Nine Percent of North Pacific Garbage Patch Fishes

News, Pollution
Jul
1

The first scientific results from the 2009 SEAPLEX voyage, offer a stark view of human pollution and its infiltration. It is estimated that fish in the intermediate ocean depths of the North Pacific, ingest plastic at a rate of roughly 12,000 to 24,000 tons per year…

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Testing The Waters and The US Beaches

News, Pollution
Jun
30

NRDC’s annual survey of water quality and public notification at U.S. beaches finds that the number of beach closings and advisories in 2010 reached 24,091, the second-highest level since NRDC began tracking these events 21 years ago.

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Sand Dredging Operations Of “Unprecedented Scale,” Cambodia

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News, Sand Mining
Jun
29

Sand dredgers have resumed operations of “unprecedented scale” in Koh Kong province’s salt-water estuaries since May, after a drop-off in dredging activities as a result of a 2009 sand-export ban.

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Average U.S. temperature increases by 0.5 degrees F

The climate of the 2000s is about 1.5 degree F warmer than the 1970s.

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Weird Mini Tsunami Hits England’s Coast

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Jun
29

There were no earthquakes in the region at the time of the tsunami, according to the British Geological Survey and the tsunami was likely the result of an underwater landslide.

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Report From Japan: No News Is Good News?

Controlling information flow in a crisis is crucial to its outcome. So it is no surprise that much information received about how the crisis at Fukushima unfolded has been kept away from traditional and social media as long as possible… Meanwhile people, environment and marine life along Fukushima coast, are still soaking up radiation.

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Sinkhole Swallows South-East Queensland Beach

News
Jun
27

A giant sinkhole up to 100m long and 50m deep has opened up on a south-east Queensland beach, Australia.

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Australia’s Ningaloo coast Gets Unesco’s World Heritage Listing

Celebrate, News
Jun
26

The Ningaloo coast in Western Australia covers 708,350 hectares of coastal waters and land, including one of the longest near-shore reefs in the world, and is home to rare wildlife including whale sharks and sea turtles.

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The Intertwined History of Coconuts And Ancient Seafarers

News
Jun
25

The impact of the coconut palm on the history of human dispersal in the humid tropics is unparalleled in the plant kingdom. As a portable source of both food and water, the coconut played a critical role in the ability of humans to voyage, establish trade routes, and colonize lands in the Pacific Rim, Africa and regions throughout the Old World tropics. An extraordinary investigative report by a team of scientists reveals this story of an anthropological and botanical intertwined journey accross the world’s oceans from coasts to coasts.

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