This stranded Venezuelan oil tanker is a potential disaster. Here's what we know

After the U.S. tightened sanctions on Venezuela's state-owned oil company, more than a million barrels of crude oil were abandoned offshore.
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Microplastic pollution in Antarctic waters mirrors rates in North Atlantic and Mediterranean

Microplastics have been identified in Antarctic waters at rates that mirror the amounts found in oceans elsewhere in the world, including the North Atlantic, says a new study.

Alexandra Cousteau wants to restore the oceans by 2050

Through her organization Oceans 2050, Alexandra Cousteau wants to shift our history of ocean loss into a tale of restoration - starting with kelp.

Geology’s human footprint is enough to spur rage

The catalogue of planetary devastation that is the human footprint is assembled in a new study by US and European scientists in the journal Nature Communications: Earth and Environment.

Groundbreaking study finds 13.3 quadrillion plastic fibers in California’s environment

Exclusive: report reveals as many microfibers as there are stars in the Milky Way – and they can easily enter oceans and waterways

Major retailers in Britain say no to glitter for Christmas

Morrisons, John Lewis and Waitrose said they would not be using glitter in their holiday products this year. Does that really help the environment?

Temperatures of deepest ocean rising quicker than previously thought

Even the pitch black, nearly freezing waters at the bottom of the ocean – far from where humans live and burn fossil fuels – are slowly warming, according to a study of a decade of hourly measurements.

A Dutch inventor is cleaning the world's most polluted rivers in an effort to save the oceans

Boyan Slat has made it his mission to remove plastic from the oceans. His organization, The Ocean Cleanup, has successfully started to clean the pollution that has been circling in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
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To fight climate change, put algae on the menu

At a time when food production is one of the biggest climate culprits, it is essential that we seek out new food sources which can nourish us and, at the same time, not overburden the planet.

We estimate up to 14 million tonnes of microplastics lie on the seafloor. It's worse than we thought

This is up to 35 times more than the estimated weight of plastic pollution on the ocean’s surface.

Does wildfire smoke harm whales and dolphins? Here’s what we know

As North America's West Coast burns, scientists are concerned marine mammals will be harmed by smoke inhalation, an unstudied phenomenon.

Greenland's ice melting faster than at any time in past 12,000 years

Greenland's ice is starting to melt faster than at any time in the past 12,000 years, research has shown, which will raise sea levels and could have a marked impact on ocean currents.

Extinction Rebellion: Campaigners target ‘dirty truth’ of cruise ship industry with protest in Weymouth

Extinction Rebellion's sister organisation Ocean Rebellion launched a night-time protest in Weymouth against what it described as the "dirty truth of the cruise shipping industry".

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Michael E. Mann: The oceans appear to be stabilizing. Here's why it's very bad news

A more stably stratified ocean potentially favors more intense, destructive hurricanes—and that's not all.
Plastic Pollution

A Google Chrome extension removed over 100 tons of marine plastics

Ocean Cleanup Group built a search engine that helps clean the ocean. Founded in December 2019, the non-profit organization is committed to saving the coasts and marine lives from plastic pollution.

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The dangerous fringe theory behind the push toward herd immunity: Derrick Z. Jackson

Resumption of normal life in the United States under a herd immunity approach would result in an enormous death toll by all estimates.

My urban nature gem

Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

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