Michael Conathan: The ocean can no longer be a climate victim

The ocean is one of the most powerful tools we have to help head off the worst consequences of global climate change.

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Plastic Pollution

Hugo Tagholm: As a surfer, I’m compelled to fight plastic pollution and protect our oceans

As an island nation, we all have a relationship with the ocean and we must reach out and enable new and diverse ocean activists from city centres to coastal crofts.

Environmental groups: Discarded masks, gloves creating pollution problem

Discarded face masks and gloves during the coronavirus pandemic has led to a sharp increase in pollution, particularly in coastal areas, environmental groups warn.

New research says preserving at least 30 percent of the ocean will improve the health of the planet

New research suggests that a strategic, globally coordinated effort to protect more of the world's waters could not only bolster marine biodiversity but significantly increase the number of fish available for harvest and boost the amount of carbon taken up by the ocean, aiding the fight against climate change.

Northwest’s iconic salmon face tough conditions during ocean journey

Ocean conditions can be integral to salmon survival. And in 2021, the Pacific Northwest's iconic fish will face a mixed bag: some good and some bad conditions while out at sea.

New model predicts how plastic pollution from the coast ends up in the middle of the ocean

Scientists in Germany and the United States have developed a new model to predict the pathways of coastal plastic pollution.

Ship hull coatings may be a major source of microplastic pollution

When we hear about microplastic particles polluting the ocean, the usual suspected sources are degraded consumer plastic goods and synthetic textile fibers from washing machines. A new study, however, suggests that much of the blame lies with protective hull coatings on ships.


A Maine startup wants to pull carbon out of the atmosphere using kelp

A Maine startup is drawing high-profile support for its low-tech plan to address climate change. It wants to use kelp farms to capture carbon, then bury it for millennia at the bottom of the sea.

Dead, sick baby turtles wash up on central Queensland beaches after eating plastic

Scientists report an "unusually large number" of weeks-old flatback turtles washing up on the Capricorn Coast with plastic debris in their systems.
Plastic Pollution

The Ultramarine Ocean Summit aims to promote ocean conservation

By bringing together scientists, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and artists, this three-day summit aims to inspire action towards a healthier ocean.

Climate change pushed ocean temperatures to record high in 2020, study finds

Climate change saw the world's oceans absorb 20 zettajoules of heat in 2020, driving seas to record temperatures and setting the scene for decades of savage weather and environmental devastation.

Ocean acidification affecting California mussels

A UC San Diego researcher says an increasingly acidic ocean is having an impact on shellfish that live in the nearshore environment.

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Janis Searles Jones: Zero carbon shipping is a Biden-Harris win for the taking

The ocean is a powerful source of solutions that can help us reduce national and global emissions to tackle climate change.

New Washington whale watching rules to take effect in 2021

New regulations for whale watching in Washington waters will take effect in 2021 in an effort to protect endangered orcas, according to the state Fish and Wildlife Commission.

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The political, media, and community response to our Fractured investigation

From a media blitz to calls for statewide drilling bans, here's a look at the fallout and impacts so far from EHN's investigation of western Pennsylvania fracking impacts.

Move to consolidate US paraquat litigation as cases mount against Syngenta

"The evidence linking paraquat to Parkinson's disease is probably the strongest of any pesticide commonly used."

Op-ed: Flood survivors find common ground in a divided nation

Americans have sorted ourselves into communities defined by geography, demography, ideology. But the shared trauma of flooding offers an opening.

These environmental reporters told you so

Florida's Piney Point is the latest predicted disaster. Maybe we should start listening to these folks?

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

Racism, inequities move to the center of the climate debate

COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter protests threw underlying systemic inequity magnifying climate change impacts into sharp relief.

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