One of the most contentious environmental fights of the past 30 years is suddenly back in the news, now that EPA head Scott Pruitt is poised to withdraw measures protecting the bay's storied salmon runs. Outside.
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Our oceans fill with millions of tons of plastic every single year. Portsmouth Harbor, in the UK, aims to combat this problem with the seabin, a new device that sucks plastic, oil, and other debris from the water. Futurism.
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For all of its A-plus, life-saving urgency in backing up evacuation efforts, TV news still can't bring itself to even ask the question. Daily Climate.
A stalled international agreement, once championed by Rex Tillerson, soars in significance. Daily Climate.
Tribes celebrate, honor a threatened cultural icon on the Seattle shore. Environmental Health News.
Pacific Northwest tribes are fighting crowds, pavement and pollution to protect the centerpiece of their culture: The region's fabled salmon runs. Environmental Health News.
As President Obama pulls the plug on offshore drilling off the Atlantic Coast, this short documentary of a North Carolina fisherman illustrates the magnitude of the decision. Environmental Health News.
Even if emissions are stabilised through international agreements, the worst effects of global warming have yet to be experienced. more…
Let's not forget that long before President Trump banned government agencies from using the term "climate change," that kind of official talk was gagged by our own governor. more…
Global warming and climate change pose an existential threat to the small island developing and coastal states of the Caribbean, which brings with it potential for social and political instability and threats to national security. more…
People today increasingly feel free to believe whatever suits them and there are still some who believe the world is flat, the moon landings were faked and smoking doesn't cause cancer. more…
Fishery managers eye whether to weigh ecological role of Atlantic menhaden in setting harvest limits. Chesapeake Bay Journal, Pennsylvania.
Plastic rubbish has been found in up to 80 per cent of mussels taken from British beaches. The pollution is a worrying sign of the scale of the amount of plastic rubbish in our seas, scientists said. London Daily Mail, United Kingdom.
If marine extinction is not a reality for many species by the end of this century, scientists say, it will certainly be a strong probability. Climate News Network, United Kingdom.
The effects of ocean acidification on marine life have only become widely recognized in the past decade. Now researchers are rapidly expanding the scope of investigations into what falling pH means for ocean ecosystems. Oceans Deeply.
When farmed Atlantic salmon began to bust out of their net pens, anglers and commercial fishers hit the water in pursuits. Bloomberg News.
Criminals don’t come more colorful than Carlos Rafael, once the most powerful fisherman in the nation’s most valuable seafood port. Food & Environment Reporting Network.
There are too many jellyfish in the sea, and the problem is only going to get worse. Is the solution to fry them up and eat them?. The Guardian.
Starting a dialogue about the future of New Jersey's Shore is an integral part of any climate adaptation and mitigation planning and should begin immediately. more…
It has already been a fire season and a hurricane season that are, as researchers say, consistent with models of a changing climate. more…
At least two potential interventions show promise as means to boost climate resilience and tolerance in the reef’s corals: assisted gene flow and assisted evolution. more…
A federal agency in the United States took action last month to ban an entire class of toxic flame retardants from being added to a wide variety of consumer products. It’s a first for the U.S. — and it could be done in Canada too. more…
Climate and oceans
Congressional Republicans have found a way to use the federal budget to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling— and they don’t plan on stopping there. Bloomberg News.
The Delta House floating production facility southeast of Venice, Louisiana, released 7,950 to 9,350 barrels of oil making it the largest spill in more than seven years, even though it’s a fraction of the millions of barrels ejected in the 2010 incident. Bloomberg News.
A rare hole the size of Tasmania has opened up in the sea ice off Antarctica, enthralling scientists keen to understand its cause and the possible role of climate change in its formation. Sydney Morning Herald, Australia.
As a hurricane and an extratropical storm, Ophelia has over-performed. Mashable.
Robert Trice is pursuing his quixotic 12-year quest to prove that undiscovered troves of oil still lie in British waters, if you just know where to look. New York Times.
North Atlantic winds are so strong, floating wind farms placed there could generate 3 times more renewable energy than those on land, a new study says. InsideClimate News.
Solutions and Good News
The tech donor’s latest major grant is right in the sweet spot between the two fields, a $4 million commitment that will back the deep ocean probes monitoring how ocean temperatures are changing. Inside Philanthropy.
Collaboration between the arts and science can help change the way we look at the environment - and spark debate on how to protect it. Thomson Reuters Foundation.
The Year 4 student from Cairns in far north Queensland started a campaign to rid her home town and the Great Barrier Reef of single-use plastic straws earlier this year and her plight has since garnered global attention. ABC News Online, Australia.
The Brooklyn artist Justin Brice Guariglia has turned Greenland’s meltdown into a new show at the Norton Museum of Art. New York Times.
As fish populations crash elsewhere, towns limit catches to stabilize harvests, boost tourism, and preserve a way of life. National Geographic Magazine.
The threat of global annihilation may feel as present as it did during the Cold War, but today's high-security shelters could not be more different from their 20th-century counterparts. CNN.
Editor comments: This is a less nuanced version of a similar story that appeared in the New Yorker in January 2017. -JPM
The state’s oyster farming industry is gaining ground as growers elsewhere struggle. Hakai Magazine.
As oceans around the world absorb carbon dioxide and acidify, the changes are likely to come faster to the nation’s largest estuary. Baltimore Sun, Maryland.
During his speech to the 2017 “Our Oceans” environmental conference, Charles said that the world had “catastrophically underestimated” the sea’s “vulnerability to climate change, acidification and pollution.” Newsweek.
A team of scientists and reef managers say it's time to consider 'riskier' and unconventional ways to save the world's coral habitats. The Guardian.
NovoNutrients wants to replace that fish food with something more sustainable: microbes grown with carbon dioxide. Fast Company.
Chasing warmer waters, the market squid might be here to stay. Juneau Empire, Alaska.
Scientists investigating marine life in the Baltic Sea have found mussels, oysters and clams are emitting greenhouse gases - but cows still trump them. The Guardian.
Naturalist says experience making second series of BBC show revealed devastating threat posed to oceans by plastic. The Guardian.
Two initiatives involving industry aim to stop ocean plastic pollution at the source. Chemical & Engineering News.
The issue of plastic pollution along Pakistan’s coast is a major concern and is worsening due to inadequate solid waste disposal systems. Lahore Daily Times, Pakistan.
Pret A Manger becomes the latest to act by offering free filtered water and selling empty glass bottles. The Guardian.
David Attenborough on the scourge of the oceans: 'I remember being told plastic doesn't decay, it's wonderful.'
David Attenborough explains why plastic pollution, climate change and overpopulation are problems too urgent to be left to ecologists. The Guardian.
The plastic beads used for filtering sewage are hard to spot and pose a risk to wildlife, according to a new report. The Guardian.
Low-level toxic contamination reaching Kirra Beach from Coolangatta Creek on the southern Gold Coast will prompt signage urging people not to swim in the area. ABC News Online, Australia.