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Bristol Bay's Pebble Mine is back in play.

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

The UK just installed its first “seabin” to clean plastic-polluted waters.

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

Rubbish causing Polar Bear hormone disruption.

Fears have been raised over the risks of plastic pollution as UK MPs heard claims discarded bottles are leading to polar bears developing two sets of testicles. Sydney Sky News, Australia

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Commentary: In TV hurricane coverage virtually no trace of the C-word.


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

Sea change of heart for the Secretary?

A stalled international agreement, once championed by Rex Tillerson, soars in significance. Daily Climate

“We are a salmon people”.

Tribes celebrate, honor a threatened cultural icon on the Seattle shore. Environmental Health News

Dwindling salmon and treaty rights in the Puget Sound.

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

VIDEO: A Fisherman’s Fears - The threat of seismic testing on the North Carolina coast.

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


Hurricane Ophelia: A warning on climate inertia.

Even if emissions are stabilised through international agreements, the worst effects of global warming have yet to be experienced. more…

Grab a mop: Time to clean up after Christie on climate change.

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…

Hurricanes, planes and regional security.

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…

Continued denial leaves Florida in climate change crosshairs.

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…


Big decision looms over little oily fish that feeds so many others.

Fishery managers eye whether to weigh ecological role of Atlantic menhaden in setting harvest limits. Chesapeake Bay Journal, Pennsylvania

Plastic found in 80 per cent of mussels from UK beaches.

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

High marine extinction risk by 2100.

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

What scientists are learning about the impact of an acidifying ocean.

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

Everyone’s mad about fugitive salmon in the Pacific Northwest.

When farmed Atlantic salmon began to bust out of their net pens, anglers and commercial fishers hit the water in pursuits. Bloomberg News

The Codfather gets 46 months in prison.

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

Are you ready for that jelly? Why it’s time to start eating jellyfish.

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


Gov. Kean: Rethinking the Jersey Shore's future in an age of climate change.

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…

The Napa fire is a perfectly normal apocalypse.

It has already been a fire season and a hurricane season that are, as researchers say, consistent with models of a changing climate. more…

The Great Barrier Reef can repair itself, with a little help from science.

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…

These chemicals are bad for babies and whales: Why haven't they been banned in Canada?

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

Republicans may use budget to open Arctic, Atlantic to oil rigs.

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

Gulf of Mexico oil spill may be largest since 2010 BP disaster.

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

Return of 'ocean chimney' the size of Tasmania puzzles Antarctic scientists.

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

Ex-Hurricane Ophelia slams Ireland with 119 mile-per-hour winds, pounding waves.

As a hurricane and an extratropical storm, Ophelia has over-performed. Mashable

A geologist bets on a North Sea gusher that may never come.

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

How deep ocean wind turbines could power the world.

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

Could this major grant by Paul Allen signal deeper climate giving to come?

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

Scientists jam with musicians, artists to stir public passion for nature.

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

Meet Molly Steer, the nine-year-old fighting to save Great Barrier Reef marine life.

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

A man on an eco-mission in mixed media.

The Brooklyn artist Justin Brice Guariglia has turned Greenland’s meltdown into a new show at the Norton Museum of Art. New York Times

Baja California’s recipe for saving fishing communities.

As fish populations crash elsewhere, towns limit catches to stabilize harvests, boost tourism, and preserve a way of life. National Geographic Magazine

Ocean Acidification

How the 1% are preparing for the apocalypse.

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

Alaska’s oyster farmers are filling an acidification-driven void.

The state’s oyster farming industry is gaining ground as growers elsewhere struggle. Hakai Magazine

Chesapeake acidification could compound issues already facing the bay, researchers find.

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

Ocean pollution: Prince Charles warns humanity is ‘testing the world to destruction’ and must act.

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

Could techno-fixes and gene therapies really save the world’s coral?

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

Marine Biodiversity

This startup turns climate pollution into fish feed.

NovoNutrients wants to replace that fish food with something more sustainable: microbes grown with carbon dioxide. Fast Company

Could migrating squid help Alaska predict climate change?

Chasing warmer waters, the market squid might be here to stay. Juneau Empire, Alaska

Are flatulent shellfish really contributing to climate change?

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

A hard shore is a dead shore.

How anti-erosion measures hurt fish—and living shorelines may help. Hakai Magazine

Marine Toxification

David Attenborough urges action on plastics after filming Blue Planet II.

Naturalist says experience making second series of BBC show revealed devastating threat posed to oceans by plastic. The Guardian

Firms act on ocean plastic from Southeast Asia.

Two initiatives involving industry aim to stop ocean plastic pollution at the source. Chemical & Engineering News

Plastic pollution: An increasing threat to marine life in Pakistan.

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

High-street outlets move to ditch plastic amid environmental concerns.

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

Sewage plants are leaking millions of tiny plastic beads into Britain's seas.

The plastic beads used for filtering sewage are hard to spot and pose a risk to wildlife, according to a new report. The Guardian

Toxic pollution flowing to Kirra Beach from Gold Coast Airport prompts council warning.

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