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Posted by on in Climate Change
From Yale 360 e360 Climate change has already impacted nearly every aspect of life on earth, according to a new study in the journal Science. Warming global temperatures have altered everything from entire ecosystems down to the individual genes of species. Some 80 percent of key eco...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
One of the biggest stories of 2015 was the sharp decline of oil prices, which fell this year to levels not seen in more than a decade. "After plunging from more than $100 a barrel to nearly $50 a barrel last year, U.S. oil prices fell 30 percent in 2015 to $37.04 a barrel," the Wall Street Jou...
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Posted by on in Fishing
WWF will urge a suspension of the Pacific Bluefin tuna fishery, if fishing nations fail to set binding catch limits in line with scientific recommendations this year.WWF’s hardening stance follows an inconclusive annual meeting of the Inter American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) which deferred di...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
A NOAA-led research team has found the first evidence that acidity of continental shelf waters off the West Coast is dissolving the shells of tiny free-swimming marine snails, called pteropods, which provide food for pink salmon, mackerel and herring, according to a new paper published in Proce...
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By Henner Weithöner The UN climate panel's prescription for tackling climate change is admirably clear. The problem is that the world is heading in precisely the opposite direction. BERLIN, 18 April - Keeping the rise in global average temperatures to no more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels w...
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Posted by on in Biofuels
Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, have finally discovered a way to convert a small mixture of algae and water into a kind of crude oil in less than an hour. Algae based biofuel has long remained a topic of interest among scie...
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Posted by on in Earth Violators
In the heated exchanges about the consequences of the ongoing federal government shutdown, one important impact has been largely overlooked: the devastating consequences of this closure on the work of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).   Like the National Institutes of Health, th...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
About 55.5 million years ago, geologically rapid emission of a large volume of greenhouse gases at the Paleocene-Eocene boundary (PETM) led to global warming of about 5oC, severe ocean acidification, and widespread extinction of microscopic organisms living on the deep-sea floor (foraminifera). A s...
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A new Global Ocean Commission Ocean Industry Forum session at the 2013 summit will be held April 24, and it provides a key opportunity for the ocean business community to engage directly with the commissioners and provide industry input. Former Costa Rican president José María Figueres and South Af...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
When that plastic water bottle that you brought to basketball practice was empty, you probably recycled it. But lots of plastics don’t end up in the recycling bin. (Think deli containers and straws.) So where do they go? One place is the Pacific Ocean, in an area that has been called the Great Paci...
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This photo shows oil being squeezed from the algae species, Botryococcus Braunii. B. Braunii is known for its production of oil, which converts relatively easily into gasoline and diesel. Credit: Arum Han/Texas A&M University (Phys.org)—Though biofuels from algae hold great promise, Cornell res...
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Posted by on in Air Quality
BEIJING: A Chinese entrepreneur is selling fresh air in soft drink cans, similar to bottled drinking water, as north China is once again choking in toxic smog. The concentration of airborne PM 2.5 particulates - the smallest and most deadly - went off the chart in the early hours of Tuesday morning...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
Researchers have uncovered a pattern of gene activity that enables some corals to survive in higher temperatures. The finding suggests a way to predict how different corals will fare in the warmer waters expected to result from climate change over the coming decades. Such information could help to f...
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Microalgae are slimy, tiny and green, but they could provide significant solutions to the energy crisis. Scientists are looking to these eukaryotes as a possible alternative energy source that could help countries wean their dependence on pollutant-producing fossil fuels. As we become aware of the e...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
    Boston College’s Center for Corporate Citizenshiprecently released its annual report on the state of corporate citizenship. For corporate social responsibility (CSR) practitioners and advocates, the survey’s findings are most encouraging for making what can...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
  The Byrd Station sits on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS), supporting scientific missions to explore the Antarctic environment. Temperatures monitored at the Byrd Station dating back to 1958 have now been studied by researchers from Ohio State University, who report: a marked i...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
Global warming is causing plant and animal species to alter their geographic ranges and the timing of key life events such as migrating, flowering, or laying eggs — a shift that could adversely impact biodiversity as well as ecosystems, a new government report has revealed.   T...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
Scientists have witnessed a “promising” recovery in the coral reefs around the Maldives, a recent survey has revealed. The results show that some reefs now have more live coral cover than before the catastrophic El Niño bleaching event in 1998, which killed 95 percent of the country’s reefs – a key...
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Plastic waste, such as plastic bags, bottles, and containers, are littering the world’s oceans and causing harm to marine animals. Birds often mistake small pieces of plastic for food and swallow them, but because birds are unable to digest plastic, the plastic pieces fill up their stomachs and proh...
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Plastic pollutants circulate in pockets of the Great Lakes at concentrations higher than any other body of water on Earth, according to a recent State University of New York study.   The study is the first to look at plastic pollutants in the Great Lakes. It is part of a larger global endeavo...
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