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Today in the Sixth Extinction

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On November 11, 2019
The story of how humans are turning the ocean into an ecologically barren trash-strewn watery desert is even more depressing than most contemporary environmental news. Researchers studying baby fish off the coast of Hawaii announced a troubling discovery on Monday.  Minuscule plastic particles are clustering at the ocean’s surface and mixing with critical sources of […]

Straw Politics

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On September 5, 2019

So I’ve been growing increasingly frustrated with the anti-straw campaigns over the past year. And now Kamala Harris is on the train. Yesterday, Shakezula got on the Twitter machine about it: My

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The Gulf Stream

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On April 17, 2018
Living in an age of unprecedented human-caused climate change sure is fun! This new study published in Nature shows that the Gulf Stream is at its slowest in at least 1,600 years, probably because of climate change. What are the effects of this? It ain’t good. Since most people not connected to a university don’t […]

The End of Fish

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On May 24, 2017

As the the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determines whether the bluefin tuna should be listed under the Endangered Species Act (spoiler: under Trump it won’t), it’s worth noting that even

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To mark the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, Barack Obama vastly expanded the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, which was originally created by George W. Bush to claim he had done something for conservation. This is now the largest piece of conserved territory on the planet, now over 582,000 square miles of ocean. Papahānaumokuākea is a […]

Octopus!

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On May 26, 2016

It seems that the octopi may be allying with the cats, jellyfish, and apes to declare war on the human race. So, why are cephalopods kicking butt when pretty much everything else in the oceans is dyin

Rising Oceans

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On March 1, 2015
Welcome to the future: Sea levels across the Northeast coast of the United States rose nearly 3.9 inches between 2009 and 2010, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Arizona and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The waters near Portland, Maine, saw an even greater rise — 5 inches — […]
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