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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Great Barrier Reef's microfibre problem increasing due to synthetic clothes, study finds

A survey of pollution on the Great Barrier Reef has found microfibres to be an increasing problem.

Threatened blue carbon ecosystems store carbon 40 times faster than forests

Mangroves, with other coastal habitats, are vitally important to our climate — and they're under threat.
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