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Ireland Expected To Become World’s First Country To Divest From Fossil Fuels

The Republic of Ireland took a crucial step Thursday toward becoming the first country in the world to divest from fossil fuels.

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Rising ocean waters from global warming could cost trillions of dollars

We’ll need to mitigate and adapt to global warming to avoid massive costs from sea level rise.

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Romans had whaling industry, archaeological excavation suggests

Ancient whale bones have been found on three Roman fish processing sites close to the Strait of Gibraltar. Until the recent discoveries it was unclear whether the whales’ habitat had ever included the Mediterranean.

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There could be a lot more water and a lot less sand at beaches this week, NOAA says

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said higher-than-normal tides are expected in coastal areas of the U.S. July 12-16.

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Success of conservation efforts for important Caribbean Reef fish hinges on climate change

Marine scientists predict climate change might severely hinder efforts to protect populations of the endangered and iconic Nassau grouper by the end of this century.

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Hyatt joins Starbucks and other companies in eliminating plastic straws

News, Pollution
Jul
9

Hyatt Hotels is joining the growing count of companies and government entities moving to eliminate plastic straws in favor of ocean-friendlier alternatives.

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Stunning coral forests discovered around Sicily’s deep sea volcanoes – in pictures

Scientists find a spectacular forest of bamboo coral, rare carnivorous sponges, and species never before seen in the region.

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Why is Hawaii banning oxybenzone and octinoxate from sunscreens?

News, Pollution
Jul
9

The two ingredients help protect skin from UV rays, but researchers have found that they also cause bleaching, deformities, DNA damage and ultimately death in coral when sunscreen washes off beachgoers or is discharged into wastewater treatment plants and deposited into bodies of water.

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The surprisingly lethal price of air-conditioning

As global temperatures rise year after year, we’ll probably be relying on AC more and more, but that, say scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is killing us, too. It may be more subtle than a heat wave, but the toll air-conditioning takes could have a much deeper, long-term impact.

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