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BP: Failed blowout preventer removed from well

No more oil was expected to leak into the sea, but crews were standing by with collection vessels just in case.

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PSDS: East Coast and Earl Hurricane Impacts

News
Sep
3

A team from the WCU Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines (PSDS) headed to the East Coast to investigate and document the impacts of Hurricane Earl along North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

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Explosion on another Gulf of Mexico oil platform

The BP disaster was supposed to be the wake up call, but we hit the snooze button. Today the alarm went off again. How many times are we going to gamble with lives, economies and ecosystems?

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Island evacuations start as Hurricane Earl nears East Coast

News
Sep
2

Storms following a path like Earl’s, running roughly parallel to the coast, could put millions of people in the most densely populated part of the country in harm’s way. They can also create a brief, rare season of world-class surfing on the northern Atlantic.

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California Lawmakers Reject Plastic Shopping Bag Ban

News, Pollution
Sep
1

The measure offered California an opportunity to emerge at the forefront of a global trend, however, lawmakers have rejected a bill seeking to ban plastic shopping bags.

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Algae Blankets China Beaches

News, Pollution
Aug
31

The algae bloom, or green tide, covered more than 170 square miles (440 square kilometers) of coasts south of Qingdao.

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Health testing way down at California beaches

News, Pollution
Aug
31

Health testing of California’s beaches has slumped to its lowest level since ocean monitoring became law more than a decade ago.

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Gulf beaches deemed safe for sea turtle hatchlings

This summer, more than 25,000 sea-turtle eggs were relocated from gulf beaches to a Kennedy Space Center facility to protect the newly hatched turtles from polluted sand and waters.

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Rip Currents Continue to Worsen Along US East Coast

News
Aug
29

Rip currents are the greatest hazards on most beaches.

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