Saharan dust plumes are a crucial part of Earth's biology and climate

The Saharan dust plume is a supersized version of ones that cross the Atlantic all the time, ferrying particles that irritate lungs but also fertilize plant and ocean life.
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The world’s coral reefs are dying—here’s how scientists plan to save them

Without these interventions, scientists say the Earth’s coral reefs as we know them could disappear before the next century.

California’s critical kelp forests are disappearing in a warming world. Can they be saved?

The “sequoias of the sea” suck up carbon and shelter special species. They’ve been hit hard, but scientists, surfers, and more are banding together to save them.

Red abalone season closure may be a canary in the coal mine for Northern California

The red abalone is dying off as its food source - the California kelp forests - are decimated. Experts fear the die-off may be a sign of what's to come.

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Tom Dillon: How fishing subsidies hurt the ocean—and us, too

Ask people what's most important to them and there's a good chance they'll say, "Staying healthy—and keeping my family healthy."

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Climate change will shift the oceans’ colors, study predicts

In the next century, satellites will watch as the ocean's blues and greens intensify.

The ocean is full of drifting DNA. The United States needs to collect it, researchers say

Environmental DNA could help save species, manage fish stocks.


Oceans are getting louder, posing potential threats to marine life

Increasing ship traffic, sonar and seismic air gun blasts now planned for offshore drilling may be disrupting migration, reproduction and even the chatter of the seas’ creatures.

The upside of rising jellyfish numbers? Many animals eat them

New research suggests a surprising variety of sea creatures feed on jellyfish, and that their growing populations may not be so bad.

These 38 resilient coral reefs are thriving, despite threats

A new study found "oases" of resilient coral reefs around the world that are beating the odds against warming, pollution, and other impacts.
Plastic Pollution

Beach clean-up study shows global scope of plastic pollution

What items retrieved from beaches tell us about trash.

Venomous sea creatures on the rise thanks to climate change

Warming oceans could usher in a whole new poison pill of dangerous creatures, from sea snakes to jellies and lionfish.

Venomous sea creatures on the rise thanks to climate change

Warming oceans could usher in a whole new poison pill of dangerous creatures, from sea snakes to jellies and lionfish.
Plastic Pollution

Invasive species are riding on plastic across the oceans

Crustaceans and mollusks foreign to the United States have survived up to six years riding on ocean trash.
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Big Oil flows a little bit backward

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Join the “Agents of Change” discussion on research and activism

Four of the fellows who participated in the program this year will discuss their ongoing research, activism, and experiences with publishing their ideas in the public sphere.

The dangers of opinion masquerading as fact in science journals: Jerrold J. Heindel

A call for unbiased, honest science in peer-reviewed journals.

Beyond the “silver lining” of emissions reductions: Clean energy takes a COVID-19 hit

With job loss and stifled development in the renewable energy sector, economists, politicians, and advocates say policy action is necessary to stay on track.

Cutting edge of science

An exclusive look at important research just over the horizon that promises to impact our health and the environment

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