Mercury makes it deep into marine trenches

Bioaccumulation transports the neurotoxin from surface waters to the fathoms below.

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Russia has several thousand nuclear objects dumped on its Arctic sea floor. Now, the most dangerous will be removed

The country's nuclear energy company will over the next 8 years lift two submarines and four reactor compartments from the sea bottom of the Barents and Kara Seas.

Your used mask needs to make it to the trash can

They’re on beaches, in parking lots and on sidewalks. You probably won’t catch the coronavirus from a discarded mask, but the litter poses a risk to the environment.

Sunscreen Chemicals Accumulate in Body at High Levels - WSJ

For the second time in less than a year, a study of common sunscreen ingredients has established that the chemicals are absorbed into the bloodstream at concentrations far greater than the Food and Drug Administration’s safety threshold.

One more thing to worry about at the beach: Water quality

An annual environmental report found testing at 257 beaches last year discovered potentially unsafe levels of fecal bacteria on at least one day.

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.

Trump slashed a major environmental rule. That's just the beginning

"If they meet their schedule, virtually every big ticket item will be across the finish line."

Research finds fishing gear a major source of ocean microplastics in Atlantic Canada

Researchers studying the quantity of microplastics in the ocean in Atlantic Canada say some of the major sources of the puny pieces of plastic come from fishing gear and single-use plastics.

After fighting plastic in 'Paradise Lost,' sisters take on climate change

Melati and Isabel Wijsen began campaigning to reduce plastic waste in Bali seven years ago. Now 19 and 17, they say the pandemic shows that stark measures to protect the planet are possible.

Coronavirus PPE is starting to pollute our oceans

The key to preventing coronavirus waste threatening the oceans may be to discourage the use of disposable masks and other single-use PPE.

Fishermen hope for change as the seafood industry faces a crisis

The pandemic has spurred policies and fishermen-led actions to try to keep the domestic seafood industry afloat—but questions remain about the best approach to the nation’s fisheries.
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Stranded whales and dolphins offer a snapshot of ocean contamination

"Many of the chemical profiles that we see in cetaceans are similar to the types of chemical profiles that we see in humans who live in those coastal areas."

Cutting forests and disturbing natural habitats increases our risk of wildlife diseases

A new study found that animals known to carry harmful diseases such as the novel coronavirus are more common in landscapes intensively used by people.

The President’s green comedy routine

A token, triumphal green moment for a president and party who just might need such a thing in an election year.

Diversity and community focus: The future of science communication

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