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Shark whose head was 'slowly being sliced off' by plastic strap rescued by scientists

A shark whose head was being "slowly sliced off" by a plastic strap it had become entangled in when younger has been rescued by scientists.

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Orca that carried dead calf for 17 days gives birth again

Researchers spotted the killer whale they call J35 alongside her “robust and lively” new calf on Saturday — a ray of hope for the endangered Southern Resident population off the Pacific Northwest.
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We finally know why Florida’s coral reefs are dying, and it’s not just climate change

Chemicals dumped into the ocean are making it easier for the hotter weather to do its deadly work, a study says.
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Originals

Peter Dykstra: The potential of ocean protection

For a guy who's been fascinated with nature all my life, I've been to a paltry number of national parks. My suitcase has no stickers for Yellowstone, Yosemite, or the Grand Canyon.

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Plastic pollution causes mussels to lose grip

A new study shows that microplastics are affecting the ability of mussels to attach themselves to their surroundings -- potentially having a devastating impact on ocean ecosystems as well as a worldwide industry.
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Climate

Citizen science project counting sea slugs helps map effect of climate change on species

A citizen science project counting sea slugs is helping experts give the ocean a health check.
Biodiversity

Trump OKs seismic testing, putting critically endangered right whale population at risk

Only 450 right whales are left on Earth — and the administration just authorized seismic testing in its habitat.

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How do plants know which way to grow?

How do plants know which way is up and which is down? No matter which way you put a seed in the soil, it will always send its roots down and its shoots up.
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Climate

Scientists eye flu, pollution in spike in seal deaths

As the number of dead or stranded live seals washing up along the coast from northern Massachusetts to southern Maine continues to increase dramatically, marine mammal experts are considering influenza or environmental pollution as potential explanations.

Toxics

Research buoy raises red flags about San Francisco Bay’s health

A research buoy anchored off the San Francisco waterfront is raising red flags when it comes to the levels of carbon dioxide in the air we breath.
Toxics

Decommissioned rigs: Precious marine habitats or giant lumps of ocean waste?

Offshore oil and gas rigs have a reputation as ugly and environmentally destructive. So when it comes time to shut up shop, should we remove them completely? Maybe not, some experts say.
Biodiversity

The Endling: Watching a species vanish in real time

On the frontlines of extinction in the Gulf of California, where the vaquita faces its final days.
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Water

Boat noise is distracting, confusing, and lethal to aquatic animals

There is growing evidence that noise produced by humans can disrupt fishes' ability to find food, reproduce, and avoid predators.
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Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

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