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Drawing up a Global “Red List” of Vanishing Ecosystems

Drawing up a Global “Red List” of Vanishing Ecosystems

Now scientists are figuring out how to catalog and map the world’s most threatened ecosystems, such as mangrove, just like their familiar list of endangered species.

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Methane Gas Concentrations in Gulf of Mexico Quickly Surprises Scientists

Methane Gas Concentrations in Gulf of Mexico Quickly Surprises Scientists

Calling the results “extremely surprising,” researchers from UCSB and Texas A&M University report that methane gas concentrations in the Gulf of Mexico have returned to near normal levelsonly months after a massive release occurred following the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion.

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Oil Still Fouling Louisiana Marshes

Oil Still Fouling Louisiana Marshes

More than 8 months after BP disaster, boat tour finds oil still fouling Louisiana marshes. No cleanup workers were there. The marshes are critical to the Louisiana coast because they protect the shore from hurricanes and serve as a nursery for Gulf sea life.

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Did You Just Eat a Plastic Bag?

Did You Just Eat a Plastic Bag?

How Plastic Pollution Has Entered Our Food Chain. Research is just beginning to show that we are consuming many other chemicals through our seafood, and our disposable plastic waste may be a potent source of this contamination.

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Uncontrolled Sand Mining Days Numbered, Namibia

Uncontrolled Sand Mining Days Numbered, Namibia

While sand mining in the Swakop River is a crucial element of coastal development, concern is mounting over the uncontrolled sand mining taking place in the Swakop River, which is creating dangerous conditions as well as causing severe environmental damage.

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Bangladesh Sand to Help Keep the Maldives Afloat

Bangladesh Sand to Help Keep the Maldives Afloat

After looking to buy land in other countries, Maldives, one of the lowest countries on the planet, with an average land level of 1.5 metres above sea level, is making a last-ditch effort to avoid its citizens becoming climate refugees. It is importing sand.

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Ban on plastic shopping bags, Italy

Ban on plastic shopping bags, Italy

A ban on plastic bags has come into effect January 1st, in Italy, which has one of the highest rates of consumption of the bags in Europe.

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The islands of the Outer Hebrides, Scotland; By Andrew Cooper

The islands of the Outer Hebrides, Scotland; By Andrew Cooper

The islands of the Outer Hebrides of Scotland comprise the Uists, Harris and Lewis. The isolated, rocky islands are fringed with beautiful sandy beaches that are often compared to those of the Caribbean, in appearance, but not climate! And are also famous for the unusual coastal features known as “machair” that occur there.

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250 billion plastic fragments in Mediterranean

250 billion plastic fragments in Mediterranean

The estimate comes from French and Belgian marine biologists who analysed water samples taken in July off France, northern Italy and Spain. The figure derives from 4,371 minute pieces of plastic, average weight 1.8 milligrams (0.00006 of an ounce) found in the samples, which extrapolates to roughly 500 tonnes for the entire Mediterranean.

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