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European seafloor survey reveals depth of marine litter problem
A major new survey of the seafloor has found that even in the deepest ocean depths you can find bottles, plastic bags, fishing nets and other types of human litter. The litter was found throughout the Mediterranean, and all the wa ScienceDaily: Latest Science N
East Antarctica More at Risk than Thought to Long-term Thaw
OSLO (Reuters) - Part of East Antarctica is more vulnerable than expected to a thaw that could trigger an unstoppable slide of ice into the ocean and raise world sea levels for thousands of years, a study showed on Sunday. The Scientific American
White House unveils climate change report with 'urgent' call for action live
National Climate Assessment report is largest ever conducted. Report finds that climate change "is happening now." Scientists warn sea levels could rise six feet by 2100 Latest news and comment from B
New Penguin Flu Found in Antarctica
new version of bird flu unlike any other seen on Earth has been discovered in Antarctica, researchers announced today (May 6). Discovery News - Top Stories
Meltwater from Tibetan glaciers floods pastures
Glaciers are important indicators of climate change. Global warming causes mountain glaciers to melt, which, apart from the shrinking of the Greenlandic and Antarctic ice sheets, is regarded as one of the main causes of the presen ScienceDaily: Latest Science N
Educators Diving in the Gulf of Mexico
Down Under, Out Yonder (DUOY) is a five-day workshop designed for educators, hosted by the Gulf of Mexico Foundation and sponsored by ConocoPhillips through a generous donation. The workshop includes two days of on-land coral ree Geology News
Old Whooping Cranes Teach Youngsters Migration Route, And The Birds Get Better With Practice
Researchers believe older whooping cranes simply teache the youngsters the route, a University of Maryland press release reported. The team also observed that the bird's got better at migrating with experience. The endangered c
Massive canyon discovered buried under Greenland ice
A vast gorge in the Earth on the same scale as the Grand Canyon lies buried under ice in Greenland, scientists have learned. The massive hidden canyon is at least 466 miles (740km) long and up to 800 metres (2,600ft) deep in pl Latest news and comment from B
Eighty sea turtles wash up dead on the coast of Guatemala
An assortment of marine animals and birds reside along the black volcanic sand beaches of Guatemala's Pacific coast, but lately both residents and visitors on the southeast beaches of the country have observed a tragic event – t Environment news, comment and
Arctic mission to protect Russian wildlife
Russia is planning huge oil and gas developments in the Arctic Ocean off its northern coast - drilling that could threaten pristine wildlife habitats. Large-scale production could begin in the next two decades, if the price of BBC News | World | UK Edition
Wildfires projected to worsen with climate change
Research by environmental scientists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) brings bad news to the western United States, where firefighters are currently battling dozens of fires in at least 11 states. Harvard Gazette Online
Fukushima radioactive plume to hit the US by 2014
The radioactive stream of toxic fluids released during the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster will reach the West Coast of the US by March 2014, but a paper published in the October 2013 edition of the journal Deep-Sea Research
Puget Sound’s Killer Whales Continue to Remain Under the Endangered Species Act Protection
NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Services declined to strip the Endangered Species Act protection from the Puget Sound Orcas. This was announced in response to a petition filed by the Sacramento-based Pacific Legal Foundation, a p
Sea otter return boosts ailing seagrass in California
The return of sea otters to an estuary on the central Californian coast has significantly improved the health of seagrass, new research has found. Seagrass was deemed to be heading for extinction in this region before the otter
Big break in dolphin die-off mystery: Measles-like virus found
Genetic tests have confirmed the presence of a measles-like virus known as morbillivirus in some of the victims of a massive dolphin die-off on the Atlantic Coast. This is a second big strike for the virus, which was the chief
Latest Radioactive Leak at Fukushima: How Is It Different?
In the latest crisis to strike the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, operator Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) has discovered that 300 tons (nearly 72,000 gallons) of highly radioactive water has leaked from a holding ta
Wolves Howl Out of Loneliness
The “woe is me” sound of a wolf howl is tied to loneliness and affection for others, a new Current Biology study suggests. What’s more, each howl appears to be uniquely matched to the quality of a specific wolf relationsh
Two more dolphins wash up on New Jersey beaches, including one in Brigantine
Two additional dolphins washed up on New Jersey beaches Saturday, including one in Brigantine, bringing the statewide total to 68 since July. Dolphin carcasses were reported in Sea Girt, Monmouth County, and off Brigantine's 43
Arctic Ocean Losing Sea Ice At An Alarming Rate: NASA
Although the ice cover at the North Pole has rebounded from last year’s record-breaking low with this year’s summer low also not likely to break any new record, NASA said sea ice in the Arctic still continues to retreat and me
Mercury Content in Fish Will Rise, Study Reports
Even though several studies have found that eating a good amount of fish could lead to better health, the risk of consuming excess amounts of mercury can be extremely detrimental. Mercury is a toxin created industrially that infec
Ocean Acidification Will Make Climate Change Worse
Given that they cover 70% of the Earth’s surface—and provide about 90% of the planet’s habitable space by volume—the oceans tend to get short shrift when it comes to climate change. The leaked draft of the forthcoming comi
Dolphins dying by the dozens along East Coast
What's killing the East Coast dolphins? The carcasses of dozens of the marine mammals, seven times more than normal, have been washing up on beaches this summer, and scientists are struggling for answers to the die-off. In
Constant access to wireless networks has an environmental cost
Cloud computing should be driving sustainable development, but its turning us into energy consuming monsters, write Stuart Newstead and Howard Williams
The Rise of Eco-Friendly Pearl Farming
When Josh Humbert inspects his farm, he dives into the clear blue waters of a lagoon, on a picture-perfect island that is fringed with palm trees. Humbert is the manager and owner of Kamoka Pearl, a boutique family business on the
Autonomous ocean gliders improve environmental studies
Though 70 percent of the earth’s surface is covered by oceans, 95 percent of these waters are currently unexplored, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Researchers at Texas A&M are working to discov
Starved Polar Bear In Norway May Be A Victim Of Climate Change
A polar bear carcass found on the Arctic island of Svalbard, the northernmost part of Norway, has shocked experts who say climate change may be to blame for the animal's death. The starved polar bear in Norway was said to be in
US could store 500 years of CO2, geologists say
After taking a look at suitable underground rock formations across the country, scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey say there's the potential to store more than 500 years' worth of carbon dioxide emissions, which have been
Sharks flock to Cape Cod, but fishermen fear the seals
On any given day, in the waters off Cape Cod, you can see thousands of seals. Tourists line the shores, and gawk, drawn here by the promise of sighting the whiskered sea mammals. While visiting the Cape with her family, Alexa
Arctic Methane Catastrophe Scenario is Based on new Empirical Observations
Last week, the journal Nature published a new paper warning of a $60 trillion price tag for a potential 50 Gigatonne methane pulse from the East Siberian Arctic Shelf (ESAS) over 10-50 years this century. The paper, however, promp Environment news, comment and
Alaska to Seek Reconsideration of ANWR Rejection
The state will ask the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reconsider a decision rejecting Alaska's exploration plan for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Regional Fish and Wildlife Service director Geoffrey Ha Anchorage Daily News - Alaska
North Pole Not Flooded -- But Lots of Melting in the Arctic
Santa's workshop at the North Pole is not under water, despite recent reports. A dramatic image captured by a University of Washington monitoring buoy reportedly shows a lake at the North Pole. But Santa doesn't yet need to buy a ScienceDaily: Latest Science N
Arctic Summer Cyclones Churn Up Sea Ice
At the top of the world, intense summer cyclones have been raging in recent years, eating up sea ice and helping push the North Pole closer to ice-free summers. In fact, a week-long cyclone just concluded, which Matthew Asplin, Discovery News - Earth News
NECN: Shark Expedition Launches from Woods Hole, Mass.
"We embark today on the most ambitious white shark expedition in American history." In search of a bounty of information on an awesome, though much feared, and deeply mysterious fish. "This particular project will be the mo WHOI In The News
Boon or Blight: Challenges Facing the Everest Region
As Nepal and the Khumbu gets ready to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest, the results of Garrards research provide timely insights and a way to understand trends of environmental change in this UNE UIAA news
Third Hiker Dies in Utah Desert This Month
A popular hike in southern Utah that’s known for such stunning sand dunes that the Bureau of Land Management holds a lottery to issue visitor permits has claimed the lives of three people in higher-than-usual July temperatures.
Zoo Polar Bear Sports High-Tech Neckwear for Conservation
PORTLAND, Ore. — Tasul, an Oregon Zoo polar bear, recently landed her first white-collar job: research assistant for the U.S. Geological Survey. Her assignment: wearing a high-tech collar to help solve a climate change mystery.
Russia Prevents Designation of Large Marine Protected Areas in the Antarctic
Yesterday, plans to create some of the world’s largest marine protected areas (MPAs) in Antarctica came to a screeching halt after Russia blocked progress. Although 24 nations and the EU had come to a special meeting in Germany
'Brown Ocean' Can Fuel Inland Tropical Cyclones
In the summer of 2007, Tropical Storm Erin stumped meteorologists. Most tropical cyclones dissipate after making landfall, weakened by everything from friction and wind shear to loss of the ocean as a source of heat energy. Not Er
Lowest Sea Level Ever
Most people are more concerned with sea level rise these days, but there have been times when the oceans dropped to alarmingly low levels. A new study calculates that the worst of those icy, low sea periods — what was called sno
Rocks Can Restore Our Climate ... After 300,000 Years
A study of a global warming event that happened 93 million years ago suggests that the Earth can recover from high carbon dioxide emissions faster than thought, but that this process takes around 300,000 years after emissions decl
Heat from North American cities causing warmer winters, study finds
Those who wonder why large parts of North America seem to be skipping winter have a new answer in addition to climate change: big city life. A study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, found that the heat thrown of
When will we stop wasting fossil fuels by burning them?
The penny had to drop eventually – fossil fuels like coal might be more valuable if they were used to make medicines, chemicals and fertilisers rather than wasted by being burned. While we know that fossil fuels are used to
Rediscovering Ross Island 2012: “G-092 Redeployed to CONUS”
G-092 redeployed to CONUS (the Continental United States). This Antarctic vernacular sounds almost Orwellian, but essentially it means that after five great weeks in Antarctica, our 2012 Ross Island Expedition, dubbed G-092, is dr
Causes of Global Warming
Scientists have spent decades figuring out what is causing global warming. They've looked at the natural cycles and events that are known to influence climate. But the amount and pattern of warming that's been measured can't be ex
5 Surprising Facts About Rare Species
What if the organisms that populate the natural world—from whales to weevils—were classified not by their evolutionary relationships but by their relative degree of rarity? Imagine a way of looking at the world where we divide
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