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Earth Overshoot Day 2017: August 2nd

Earth Overshoot Day will arrive on August 2 this year, according to environmental groups WWF and Global Footprint Network. It means humanity will be living on “credit” for the rest of the year. It’s the earliest date since the day was first calculated in 1971.

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Earth already in midst of sixth mass extinction, scientists say – video report

The scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has reported that the Earth is already in the stages of the sixth mass extinction, which will see the world’s wildlife and plants die out. The research found that species, including those which are not endangered, had reduced in number due to habitation shrinkage, hunting, pollution and climate change

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Sea shells: A new source of sustainable biomaterials

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Over 7 million tons of mollusc shells are discarded by the seafood industry each year as unwanted waste, and the vast majority of these shells are either thrown in landfills or dumped at sea. Researchers are looking at environmentally and economically sustainable options for these biomaterials.

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A Call for a Hippocratic Oath on Protecting the World’s Oceans

An international group of marine conservation experts called for the creation of a code of conduct called a Hippocratic Oath for marine conservation, to ensure that the rights of local people are not trampled as the number of marine protected areas grows worldwide.

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UN Ocean Conference wraps up with actions to restore ocean health, protect marine life

The first-ever United Nations summit on oceans, June 9th, wrapped up with a global agreement to reverse the decline of the ocean’s health, and more than 1,300 pledged actions for protecting the blue.

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Gabon Sets Plan for Africa’s Largest Marine Reserve

The African nation of Gabon has announced the creation of the continent’s largest network of marine protected areas, covering 20,500 square miles.

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What caused the most toxic algal bloom ever observed in Monterey Bay?

In spring 2015, the West Coast of North America experienced one of the most toxic algal blooms on record. A new article shows that, at least in Monterey Bay, this bloom became particularly toxic because of an unusually low ratio of silicate to nitrate in the waters of the bay.

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Unique Sandbar Coastal Ecosystem in Cuba Calls for Climate Solutions

Just 13 wooden houses with lightweight roofs shield the few families that still live on one of the six coastal sandbars exclusive to Baracoa, a mountainous coastal municipality with striking nature reserves. These long and narrow sandbars between the river mouths and the sea have a name from the language of the Araucan people, the native people who once populated Cuba.

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Domino Effect: The Myriad Impacts of Warming on an East Coast Estuary

Delaware Bay provides a case study in how warming oceans, more severe storms, and sea-level rise are impacting estuaries around the world. The effects — from loss of wetlands to steep declines in shorebird populations — cascade throughout the ecosystem.

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