For a clean ocean, just add oysters

From picturesque Mediterranean isles to New York's bustling harbor, strategically placed oyster colonies are depolluting the sea with ease.
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Biodiversity

Public grasps threat to ocean even as leaders fail to meet targets, poll finds

As people mark World Oceans Day today, an overwhelming 94% of people in England and Wales believe the fate of the oceans and humans are inextricably linked, while more than half rate global ocean health as "poor or very poor", according to a government survey.

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Toxics

‘We’re at a tipping point with coal’: Q&A with Bloomberg’s Antha Williams

Williams discusses a just energy transition, the role of finance in driving change, and the importance of ocean protection.

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Climate

Collaboration key to protecting oceans, fisheries, researchers say

A co-ordinated global effort to preserve the oceans’ most important coastal habitats using marine protected areas (MPAs) could increase biodiversity, sequester carbon, and bolster food security, a new study has found.
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Climate

What’s good for the ocean may also be good for business

Companies are trying to prove that conservation, sustainable fishing and carbon sequestration are profitable.
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Climate

How eroded seabed rocks provide essential nutrient sources for marine organisms, study

Researchers discovered that eroded seabed rocks release iron -- an essential nutrient for marine microorganisms -- into the ocean, helping sustain life and affecting the overall food chain.
Toxics

Secretive ‘gold rush’ for deep-sea mining dominated by handful of firms

Greenpeace report warns against granting licences to 'deeply destructive' industry with opaque oversight, and calls for global ocean treaty.

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Biodiversity

Fisheries in a flask? Loose DNA in seawater offers a new measure of marine populations

New studies of environmental DNA approach a long-sought goal: measuring abundance of marine fish.

Justice

Video: Threats to fisheries are pushing fishermen to advocate

From Captains for Clean Water, Everyone in Between explores the value and wonder of Florida’s Everglades and Alaska’s Bristol Bay fisheries—as well as the threats to both—through the eyes and experience of Captain John Landry.
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Toxics

Are industrial chemicals killing rare whales and familiar dolphins?

Dozens of beached animals on the U.S. Atlantic Coast contained high levels of pollutants and heavy metals in their blubber and liver tissues, a new study shows.

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Climate

Philanthropist Wendy Schmidt: ‘Solutions are always local’

Coming from respective backgrounds of design and technology, Wendy Schmidt and her husband, Eric, are the driving force behind some of the charitable organizations and investment vehicles working to address the challenges of climate change, clean energy, ocean health, and more.

Justice

The world missed a critical deadline to safeguard biodiversity, UN report says

A decade ago, United Nations members crafted an agreement to curb the loss of biodiversity. We’ve failed miserably, but all hope is not lost.
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Climate

Will AI save us from ourselves?

Humans are wired to deal with immediate threats like that what's that moving in the bushes. However, for long-term threats like climate change, people suffer from cognitive biases that often make us discount the extent of the threat or turn us into bystanders as we wait for someone else to deal with the problem.

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Toxics

Enric Sala: To prevent the next deadly disease, we must stop harming nature

The coronavirus pandemic proves it: By damaging the planet, we have sapped nature’s power to protect humanity from diseases.
Toxics

Report: Sustainable ocean policies provide big economic benefits

Saving the ocean will have effects that go far beyond the shoreline.
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Alabama PFAS manufacturing plant creates the climate pollution of 125,000 cars

The manufacturing plant responsible for PFAS-coated fast food packaging pumps out loads of a banned ozone-depleting compound along with "forever chemicals."

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Weaponization of water in South Asia

Climate change and unbalanced regional political power are driving an ongoing water crisis in Bangladesh.

Global action on harmful PFAS chemicals is long overdue: Study

"We already know enough about the harm being caused by these very persistent substances to take action to stop all non-essential uses and to limit exposure from legacy contamination."

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

Pennsylvania vows to regulate PFAS in drinking water—again—but regulations are at least two years away

The chemicals, linked to health problems including cancer and thyroid disease, have contaminated drinking water in Pittsburgh communities like Coraopolis and McKeesport.

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