Tasmanian Government has no plans to review marine protections despite calls for change

Tasmania, already well behind national and international targets for protecting marine areas, has no plans to lift a moratorium on new reserves, says the State Government.
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Small particles, big problems?

Scientists grapple with many unknowns about microplastics and their impact on the Chesapeake Bay.


Aiming to ease fishing industry’s concerns, Gov. Mills proposes 10-year moratorium on offshore wind

The governor says she will ask the Legislature to approve a moratorium on new offshore wind projects in waters managed by the state.

North Carolina will pay for climate inaction: Report

A new report shows that the effects of climate change will significantly cost state residents and the economy over the next three decades without urgent action to curb climate-warming pollution.

The rise of the land salmon over open net pens

A U.S. farm is raising market-ready salmon that have never dipped a fin into the ocean. One company, Atlantic Sapphire, offers a shining, even glaring, example of what B.C.’s salmon farming industry says it cannot do — raise commercially viable salmon on land instead of the sea

Vast wildfires in Siberia linked to warming Arctic

This year's vast wildfires in far northeastern Russia were linked to broader changes in a warming Arctic, according to a report Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


This ferocious water flea is mauling the Great Lakes

A tiny invasive species, the spiny water flea, is decimating plankton in the lakes, rattling an ecosystem that supports valuable fisheries.
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Autonomous minisubmarine measures seawater conditions

Forecasts of carbonate chemistry in coastal ecosystems determined from seasonal robotic measurements can improve fisheries management and help mitigate short-term ocean acidification events.

Conservative court to consider four key upcoming environment cases

One legal doctrine that courthouse reporters are eyeing closely currently authorizes the EPA to control greenhouse gas emissions.

How investors are coming up with the green to save the ocean blue

Environmental threats to oceans around the world are prompting innovative new approaches and deals to raise money for rescue efforts.

As waters warm, ocean heatwaves are growing more severe

With oceans absorbing more than 90 percent of global warming, marine heatwaves are becoming hotter and larger and are lasting longer. Scientists say the trend has major ecological consequences.


Trump administration plan to allow drilling along the Atlantic coast has fallen apart

Opponents of the drilling declared victory on Thursday after the government acknowledged that permits to allow seismic blasting in the ocean will expire next month and not be renewed.

An Alaska mine project might be bigger than acknowledged

In secretly recorded meetings, executives with the Pebble Mine project said the operation could run nine times longer than outlined in their permit filings.

How trucking baby eels past dams on the Susquehanna River revived an ecosystem

Some scientists say assisted migration could help more species survive the warming planet.

Marine heat waves are becoming more common and intense. What can we do to minimize harm?

Improved "weather forecasts" for oceans hold hope for reducing devastation to fisheries and ecosystems around the world.

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Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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