Category: ocean

  • Ocean Pollution Reaching The Deepest Depths

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    The deepest point on Earth is heavily polluted with plastic, scientists have discovered, showing how pervasively the world has been contaminated. The researchers plumbed the depths of the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean, near Challenger Deep, the lowest place on the face of the planet. They found the highest levels of microplastics yet […]

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  • Ocean Clean Up Continues in Hawaii

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    After gathering more than a third of a million pounds of oceanborne waste from Hawaii shores, one marine waste cleanup program will continue its work for a third year. The Hawaii Nei Marine Debris Removal Program, a collaboration between the Hawaii Wildlife Fund and nonprofit conservation organizations Pulama Lanai and the Surfrider Foundation, announced last […]

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  • Putting a Spotlight on Ocean Pollution Crisis

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    The Swim may be over, but the cause for which Ben Lecomte tried to swim across the Pacific Ocean remains as important as ever. Lecomte logged about 1,700 miles in the water, using the effort to bring attention to the growing problem of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. He and the crew had persevered […]

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  • Destroying the Ocean Means Destroying the Wonders it Holds as Well

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    It’s been said that everything that is to be seen has already been seen. But as far as our planet’s oceans are concerned, nothing could be further from the truth. Just recently, a veteran underwater videographer saw a 26-foot-long pyrosome — a colony of tiny sea animals who link together into a free-floating mass. As […]

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  • Slowly Rising Sea Levels Endanger Hawaii Beaches

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    Policies to conserve and enhance beaches, public access, and coastal open space are failing in Hawaiʻiaccording to a recently published study by researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. A team of specalists in coastal erosion, sea level rise, and urban planning quantified land use on a section of Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi coast over the […]

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  • More Needs to be Done to Protect Hawaii Beaches

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    Researchers say the state is not doing enough to protect our beaches. A study recently published by University of Hawaii at Manoa researchers claims policies to conserve and enhance beaches, public access, and coastal open space are failing in Hawaii. A team of specialists analyzed land use on a section of Windward Oahu from 1928 to 2015. In […]

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  • Finding Plastic INSIDE Baby Sea Turtles

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    Plastic pollution in the ocean is a growing threat to the survival of sea turtles, endangering the life cycle of these ancient marine globetrotters, according to a new study. Researchers found startling amounts of plastic in the bodies of nearly 100 sea turtle hatchlings that washed ashore on the Florida coast, including tiny “micronized” bits […]

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  • $30 Billion Investment in Green Energy

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    To save the world from climate catastrophe, the world needs to urgently phase out the use of fossil fuels. On Wednesday, Danish energy company Orsted announced a major investment program as it seeks to become one of the “renewable majors” leading a global shift away from planet-warming fuels, Reuters reported. Orsted, which built the largest […]

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  • The Biggest Challenges in Saving the Ocean

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    Oceans stretch across 70 percent of our planet, and the vast majority of the world beneath them is unmapped and unexplored. Their depths may still hold many secrets, but we know they face serious risks from overfishing and pollution. The biggest threat of all is climate change, which could affect billions of people in coastal […]

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  • 2019 May be an El Niño Year

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    There is a 75-80 percent chance of an El Niño developing by February, the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announced Tuesday. So what exactly does that entail? Well, the last time we had an El Niño was in 2015-2016, which caused extreme weather-related events (droughts, fires, floods and coral bleaching) around the world, pushed […]

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