Why more great white sharks are showing up in Atlantic Canada

Climate change, a supply of seals to eat and effective conservation in the United States are all possible explanations for the apparent increase in great white sharks in Atlantic Canada, according to a newly published paper in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.

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Plastic Pollution

IUCN launches a promotional video to tackle marine plastic pollution in the Caribbean

Up to 12 million tons of plastic debris enter the ocean every year. This has adverse impacts on the health of ocean ecosystems, the integrity of food supplies and people's livelihoods.


Coronavirus: World treating symptoms, not cause of pandemics, says UN

The number of "zoonotic" epidemics is rising, with the root cause being the destruction of nature by humans and the growing demand for meat, according to the authors of a UN report.


Horseshoe crab blood is key to making a COVID-19 vaccine—but the ecosystem may suffer

Conservationists worry the animals, which are vital food sources for many species along the U.S. East Coast, will decline in number.

We’re flying less. And wild places that count on tourism dollars are starting to take a hit

Between flight shaming and a global pandemic, destinations that depend on travelers to protect ecosystems are finding themselves with fewer resources to do so.


Florida manatee deaths up 20% as Covid-19 threatens recovery

The apparent environmental upside of Covid-19, such as lower pollution and emissions, isn't all it's cracked up to be. Just ask manatee conservationists in Florida.


Five ways mega-dams harm the environment

As the conflict over a new dam on the Nile River heats up, DW examines the ways such mega-dams hurt the environment, and looks at a few alternatives.
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Light pollution threatens survival of UK coastal wildlife

Artificial light sources along the British coastline are posing a 'serious threat' to coastal wildlife species by disrupting their feeding habits.

Mass die-offs in marine mammals are accelerating, and climate change will only make it worse

As the seas warm, marine mammals may struggle to survive the heat or become malnourished because their prey has left for more hospitable waters; both situations can leave the mammals with weakened immune systems.


Russia detains Arctic power station managers it blames for massive 21,000 tonne fuel spill

Russian investigators have detained three managers of an Arctic power station whom it blamed for a fuel spill last month, which leaked 21,000 tonnes of diesel into rivers and subsoil.


Political will required to protect Caspian Sea environment, Iran says

The Caspian Sea littoral states must have enough political will to preserve the marine environment and ecosystem of this waterbody, Issa Kalantari, head of the Department of Environment, has said.


Plastic pollution is booming from coronavirus and will get worse after the pandemic

China is the top source of plastic bottles, bags and other rubbish clogging up global sea lanes, according to the latest country-wise data available.


Catherine Keller: “I can’t breathe”: The whole Earth echoes the cry for justice

In its specific American manifestation, but also at its origins, the coronavirus presents not just as a medical but as an ecological crisis.


Face masks, latex gloves begin to trickle into seas

As more and more people venture out after weeks or months of confinement, perhaps taking a trip to the ocean, they are faced with one of the pandemic's environmental costs – face masks and gloves polluting beaches, rivers and oceans.


Low oxygen 'dead zone' to affect 6,700 square miles along Louisiana Coast in July: NOAA

The summertime low-oxygen "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to cover at least 6,700 square miles along the Louisiana and eastern Texas coasts at the end of July.

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Big Oil flows a little bit backward

Pipelines have had a very bad July (so far).

Join the “Agents of Change” discussion on research and activism

Four of the fellows who participated in the program this year will discuss their ongoing research, activism, and experiences with publishing their ideas in the public sphere.

The dangers of opinion masquerading as fact in science journals: Jerrold J. Heindel

A call for unbiased, honest science in peer-reviewed journals.

Beyond the “silver lining” of emissions reductions: Clean energy takes a COVID-19 hit

With job loss and stifled development in the renewable energy sector, economists, politicians, and advocates say policy action is necessary to stay on track.

Cutting edge of science

An exclusive look at important research just over the horizon that promises to impact our health and the environment

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