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Oceania’s seafaring ancients make journey to Paris

Lapita, Ancêtres Océaniens. Affiche de l’exposition Lapita au Musée Branly, Paris.Photo source: ©© Eric Fortin

By Emma Charlton, AFP

Ancient seafarers who launched one of the world’s swiftest migrations, settling the virgin islands of remote Oceania 3,000 years ago, have brought their story to Paris for an unprecedented new exhibit. The Lapita, as the ancient Oceanic people are known, were all-but-unheard of just a few decades ago…

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Musée du Quai Branly

Third Nuclear Power Plant Discharge Destroying Kenting’s Reefs

Taiwan Nuclear Power Plant 3, Hengchun County, Kenting Park, seen from South Bay. Photo source: ©© Chao-Wei Juan


Thermal discharge from the Third Nuclear Power Plant is behind the rapid destruction of Kenting National Park’s coral reef, a marine researcher said, warning that the reef’s disappearance would jeopardize the fishing industry and ecosystem…

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Kiribati Conference: Voices From the South Pacific

Old pier, Kanton island. Kanton is the largest, northernmost island of the Phoenix Islands, in the Republic of Kiribati. Photo source: ©© Naomi


Located and spread across the central Pacific, Kiribati, a low-lying chain of islands, is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change, and it is already feeling some of the impacts.

About 40 officials from around the world have flown to the tiny atoll nation of Kiribati to take a look at the immediate impact climate change is having on the Pacific nation…

Read Full Article, The Sydney Morning Herald

The Guardian, UK

Louisiana Rethinks Its Sand Berms

Sand berms, Louisiana. Photo source: ©© Louisiana GOHSEP


In a story in late October, I reported on the continuing effort by Louisiana to build sand berms in the Gulf of Mexico to block and capture oil from the BP spill. Back in June, BP ponied up $360 million for the berms, of which roughly $140 million was left…

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Where’s the Gulf oil? In the Coastal Planktonic Food Web, Study Says

Marine plankton. Photo source: ©© Chris Moody


A new study by scientists with Alabama’s Dauphin Island Sea Lab provides more evidence that the 200 million gallons of oil released from the BP Macondo well disaster were quickly turned into food by bacteria in the Gulf of Mexico.

In a research paper published Monday morning in IOP Publishing’s Environmental Research Letters, the scientists found that larger animal plankton organisms contained a greater percentage of a lighter isotope of carbon than of a heavier isotope of carbon, an indicator that the smaller organisms they were feeding on contained carbon from oil…

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Oil carbon entered the coastal planktonic food web during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Study Published by the Environmental Research Letters