Cape Cod needs to clean up its water. The solutions could cost billions – WBUR Boston | Scientific American

The northern tip of Cape Cod, Masschusetts from the air (Courtesy of NASA Johnson CC BY-NC 2.0 DEED via Flickr).

It’s a critical moment for Cape Cod. The Cape has more than 550 miles of coastline, at least 890 freshwater ponds and 53 small saltwater bays bordering the ocean. That water is the Cape’s raison d’être: residents and visitors use it for swimming, boating and fishing, and it forms the backbone of the region’s $1.4 billion tourism industry. Now Cape Cod communities are scrambling for solutions before their ecosystems, economies and property values collapse….

We Traced the Forever Chemicals Getting Into Ocean Ecosystems – the Conversation

Biscayne Bay (by Shaun Wolfe, National Park Service, public domain).

PFAS, the “forever chemicals” that have been raising health concerns across the country, are not just a problem in drinking water. As these chemicals leach out of failing septic systems and landfills and wash off airport runways and farm fields, they can end up in streams that ultimately discharge into ocean ecosystems where fish, dolphins, manatees, sharks and other marine species live…

Oil spill tops 1 million gallons, threatens Gulf of Mexico wildlife – the Washington Post

Plaquemine Parish. 1998 (by Dr. Terry McTigue, courtesy of NOAA CC BY 2.0 DEED via FLickr).

Skimming vessels are working to contain and recover oil from a spill in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast, which the U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday estimated to be at least 1.1 million gallons. The spill was discovered Thursday near a 67-mile pipeline operated by the Main Pass Oil Gathering Co., owned by Houston-based Third Coast Infrastructure, and the Coast Guard said it was still reviewing whether that pipeline was the source of the contamination…

Groundwater a significant source of pollution on Great Barrier Reef, study shows – the Guardian

The Great Barrier Reef, (by Steve Parish courtesy of Lock the Gate Alliance CC BY 2.0 DEED via Flickr).

Scientists say they have discovered large flows of pollution are reaching the Great Barrier Reef after soaking into underground water, a finding that could have implications for policymakers focused on cutting pollution from river catchments. The new research claims almost a third of dissolved inorganic nitrogen and two-thirds of dissolved inorganic phosphorus in the reef’s waters are coming from underground sources – an amount previously undocumented…

The race to defuse an oil ‘time bomb’ disaster threatening the Red Sea – Grist Magazine

A 1992 file photo of FSO Safer off the coast of Yemen (by Maasmond Maritime/Piet Sinke CC BY-NC-SA 2.0via Flickr).

Ten days ago, the crew of a ship called the Nautica lifted anchor in Djibouti and motored north in the Red Sea. Two tugboats met the vessel about five and a half miles off the coast of Yemen, then guided it into place alongside the FSO Safer, a crumbling, abandoned oil tanker thought to hold 1 million barrels of crude.

Thus began an operation that’s the ecological equivalent of placing the pin back into a hand grenade…