Environmental controls of giant kelp in the Santa Barbara Channel, California

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Miramar beach, California. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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Scientists at UC Santa Barbara have developed new methods for studying how environmental factors and climate affect giant kelp forest ecosystems at unprecedented spatial and temporal scales.

The scientists merged data collected underwater by UCSB divers with satellite images of giant kelp canopies taken by the Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper. The findings are published in the feature article of the May 16 issue of Marine Ecology Progress Series…

Read Full Article, By KC Cavanaugh, DA Siegel, DC Reed, PE Dennison, University of California, Santa Barbara

California: Thriving kelp forest rises from a rock reef, Los Angeles Times

Seaports Need a Plan for Weathering Climate Change, Researchers Say

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New York City. Photo source: ©© Zoriah

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The majority of seaports around the world are unprepared for the potentially damaging impacts of climate change in the coming century, according to a new Stanford University study.

In a survey posed to port authorities around the world, the Stanford team found that most officials are unsure how best to protect their facilities from rising sea levels and more frequent Katrina-magnitude storms, which scientists say could be a consequence of global warming. Results from the survey are published in the journal Climatic Change…

Read Full Article, By Donna Hersterman, Standford University

Environmental and Health Hazards of Chemicals in Plastic Polymers, A Swedish Study

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“© Midway: Message from the Gyre (2009),” from the Midway Series. Photograph courtesy of © Chris Jordan for Coastal Care’s Photo Of The Month, August 2010.

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Many plastic products contain hazardous chemicals that can leach to the surroundings. In studies conducted at the University of Gothenburg, a third of the tested plastic products released toxic substances, including 5 out of 13 products intended for children…

Plastics exist in many different chemical compositions and are widespread in the society and the environment. Global annual production of plastics has doubled over the past 15 years, to 245 million tonnes in 2008…

Read Original Article, Science Daily

Plastic Pollution, Coastal Care

Obama announces steps to speed US oil production

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Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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Amid growing public unhappiness over gas prices, President Barack Obama is directing his administration to ramp up U.S. oil production by extending existing leases in the Gulf of Mexico and off Alaska’s coast and holding more frequent lease sales in a federal petroleum reserve in Alaska. But the moves won’t calm spiraling prices at the pump any time soon…

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Iran expert alarmed by critical Caspian Sea pollution

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Caspian sea. Photo source: ©© Daniyal62

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The level of industrial and oil pollution in the Caspian Sea has reached a “critical condition,” an Iranian ecological expert warned, quoted by local media on Thursday.

Pourgholam claimed 95 percent of the pollution originates from the sea’s littoral states in the north and northwest, Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan, home to a major offshore oil industry…

Read Full Article, AFP

Marine Lab Research Tracks Pollutants in Dolphins and Beluga Whales

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Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care

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Bottlenose dolphins and beluga whales, two marine species at or near the top of their respective food webs, accumulate more chemical pollutants in their bodies when they live and feed in waters near urbanized areas, according to scientists working at the Hollings Marine Laboratory (HML), a government-university collaboration in Charleston, S.C…

Read Full Article, By the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Action Needed to Manage Climate Change Risks: U.S. Response Should Be Durable, but Flexible, Experts Urge

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Storm surge on a Louisiana highway shows the affects of rising sea levels. Photo Source: NOAA

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Warning that the risk of dangerous climate change impacts is growing with every ton of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere, a National Research Council committee has reiterated the pressing need for substantial action to limit the magnitude of climate change and to prepare to adapt to its impacts. The nation’s options for responding to the risks posed by climate change are analyzed in a new report and the final volume in America’s Climate Choices, a series of studies requested by Congress…

Read Original Article, from the National Academy of Sciences

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