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31. People in Sichuan, China were sadly looking at the polluted river. 32. Mexico City is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, which has a population of 20 million people. 33. The beach of Bombay is covered with garbage. 34. Plastic bags are everywhere in the ocean, e...
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By Will Dunham WASHINGTON, Feb 12 (Reuters) - The world's oceans are clogged with plastic debris, but how much of it finds its way into the seas annually? Enough to place the equivalent of five grocery bags full of plastic trash on every foot (30 cm) of every nation's coastline around the globe. T...
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Eight million tons of plastic is dumped at sea each year...that's five whole bags-full for every foot of the world's coastline  China topped the league, accounting for up to 3.5 million tons a year Other main offenders are Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Sri Lanka United States contribut...
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Deep ocean fish are facing a host of health problems that may be due to man-made pollution, according to a new study. Even as far down as 2,000 feet to one mile beneath the surface, marine fish are suffering from liver pathologies, tumors and other conditions as harmful pollutants are being dumped ...
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Plastic bottles lying in the gutter. Grocery bags tangled in branches. Food wrappers scuttling across the ground on a windy day. Although such examples of litter easily come to mind, they only hint at the serious and growing problem of plastic pollution — a problem mostly hidden from view. The prob...
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Up to 10 million gallons (38 million liters) of crude oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill has settled at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, where it is threatening wildlife and marine ecosystems, according to a new study. The finding helps solve the mystery of where the "missing" oil ...
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The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation provided USD 2 million to Oceans 5, an international funders’ collaborative dedicated to stopping overfishing and establishing marine reserves in the world’s five oceans. The funds will support projects creating large protected areas in the Pacific Islands and ...
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For the third month this year, the world's oceans set a record for the warmest they have ever been since at least 1880, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported on Monday. September had the highest global average sea surface temperatures of any month on record s...
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The RV Kaharoa motored out of Wellington, New Zealand on Saturday, loaded with more than 100 scientific instruments, each eventually destined for a watery grave. Crewmembers will spend the next two months dropping the 50-pound devices, called Argo floats, into the seas between New Zealand and Maurit...
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  Official trailer for Mission Blue, a Netflix original documentary. Mission Blue tells the story of world-renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle as she travels the globe on an urgent mission to shed light on the dire condition of Earth's oceans....
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A new study by a team of Chinese and American conservation biologists quantifies the serious consequences of China's recent economic growth on its coastal ecosystems.   By several measures, 1978 was the beginning of a hugely successful surge in the nation's ability to produce economic value, ...
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The ocean’s upper levels contain three times the amount of mercury as they did before the industrial revolution, according to a new study. The study, published this week in Nature, is the first to create a comprehensive overview of the mercury in the ocean. The study also determined where the ...
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Even when the sea looks clean, its surface can be flecked with tiny fragments of paint and fiberglass. That’s the finding from a study that looked for plastic pollution in the uppermost millimeter of ocean. The microscopic fragments come from the decks and hulls of boats, and they could pose a ...
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WORLD OCEAN DAY provides a unique opportunity once a year to honor our world’s ocean that connects us all, and this weekend you can join with people in communities around the world to mark the day in a special way. After all, no matter where we live­­—from California to Kansas to the Carolinas,...
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Lord Howe Island World Heritage Site, Australia Background Lord Howe Island is an irregularly crescent-shaped volcanic remnant in the Southwest Pacific Ocean. Two thirds of the island is a Permanent Park Preserve and the surrounding waters a Marine Park since 1998. Lord Howe is one of the "cleanes...
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The U.S. Strategic Plan for Federal Research and Monitoring of Ocean Acidification, released on March 27th, will guide research and monitoring investments to improve understanding of ocean acidification, its potential impacts on marine species and ecosystems, and adaptation and&n...
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A large tabular iceberg (42 kilometers x 17 kilometers) broke off Pine Island Glacier, West Antarctica (75ºS latitude, 102ºW longitude) sometime between November 4 and 12, 2001. Images of the glacier were acquired by the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument aboard NASA's Terra spa...
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A wrinkle in the search for Malaysia Airlines flight 370 has been the mistaking of garbage on the surface of the ocean for possible airplane debris. The spotting of garbage should come as no surprise. It covers a large segment of the world's oceans. Captain Charles Moore has been studying the prob...
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Yesterday afternoon, while the U.S. and other navies played war games somewhere offshore, Cuvier’s beaked whales began stranding along the southern coast of Crete.  Those on the scene knew right away what they were dealing with, for yesterday’s strandings were only the most recent in a line of ...
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Creatures which live deep beneath the ocean surface are likely to be badly hit by climate change over the next century, a new study says. The study, by an international research team from the UK, Canada, Australia and France, is the first to quantify future losses in deep-sea marine life,...
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