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Is Drinking Urine the Answer to California’s Drought?

It may sound a bit unpalatable, but pee may be a better option for the Golden State than the desalination of ocean water.

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What Is Killing All the Starfish?

Scientists are making some headway in figuring out what is killing millions of sea stars in the waters off the Pacific Coast, from British Columbia to Mexico.

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Fish on Acid Lose Fear of Predators

Some fish species in increasingly acidic tropical seas are losing their sense of smell and becoming easier prey for predators.

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Whale Trashed

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Acid Oceans Harm More Species

Several marine species are reacting badly to the increasing acidity of the world’s oceans, caused by climate change as carbon dioxide dissolves in the water.

Posted on Dec 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Warming Oceans Will Affect the Poorest

By 2100, the world’s oceans will be warmer and more acidic, with less dissolved oxygen and lower yields of fish and shellfish, making life very difficult for up to 870 million people who rely on the sea for food, jobs and income.

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Scientists Warn ‘Mass Extinction’ in Seas May Be Underway

The ocean may be mitigating some of the effects of global warming, but scientists say marine life is mortally threatened as the ocean becomes increasingly acidic, less oxygenated and warmer. And it’s happening at a much faster pace than previously known.

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Cooler Pacific ‘Is Slowing Warming’

Climatologists are puzzled that greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated, while the atmosphere is warming more slowly than they expected. Now two scientists in the U.S. think they know why.

Posted on Aug 31, 2013 READ MORE


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The (Less Than) Eternal Sea

Happily aloft in the vicinity of my father’s hat, and the weather having cleared since the Ohioan missed its compass heading, I was free to form my earliest impression of the sea at a safe and sunny distance, lulled by the sound of waves breaking on the beach, delighting in the drift of gulls in a bright blue sky.

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Old Data Reveals Warming Oceans

Data collected during the H.M.S. Challenger’s four year expedition in the late 19th century shows that oceans are absorbing far more heat than previously realized.

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What Environmental Reporting Leaves Out

Reports that scientists are “surprised” that their climate-related predictions are being surpassed suggest that chaos theory—which says the particulars of the breakdown of the earth’s ecosystems are unpredictable—is going unread, disbelieved or ignored.

Posted on Oct 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Ocean Life May Be on Edge of Catastrophe

An extinction event “unprecedented in human history” is probably under way in the world’s oceans, according to a report recently released by a panel of 27 scientists reviewing the latest research from all areas of marine science. (more)

Posted on Jul 29, 2011 READ MORE



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Bad News for the Jersey Shore

New Jersey’s leaders have some heavy lifting to do, quickly. Scientists who have reviewed the most detailed study yet produced on the subject of sea level changes over the last 2,000 years are predicting a three-foot rise for the state’s coastline by the end of the century. (more)

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 READ MORE



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Millions of Dead Fish Puzzle Californians

Marine biologists are working to explain the millions of anchovies, sardines and mackerel that washed up dead in a Los Angeles area harbor Tuesday. Whether an algae bloom was a factor in the massive die-off is under investigation.

Posted on Mar 8, 2011 READ MORE


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Great Barrier’s Grief

Leave it to global warming to ruin both a day at the beach and an entire oceanic ecosystem. Researchers are blaming the environment’s public enemy No. 1 as well as rising seawater acidity for what has been the slowest coral growth rate at the Great Barrier Reef in more than 400 years.

Posted on Jan 2, 2009 READ MORE


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LA Times / Rick Loomis

A Whale of a Decision

While some whales’ hearts are as big as cars, the hearts on the Supreme Court that ruled Wednesday against a ban on high-powered sonar in Navy training exercises must be shrinking by the minute. The decision was a defeat to environmentalists, who argue that sonar panics whales, makes their ears bleed and pushes them to beach themselves.

Posted on Nov 12, 2008 READ MORE


Surf Conditions: Extra Frothy

The word “seafoam” might call to mind a posh shade of light green that would color, say, select Restoration Hardware or J. Crew products.  However, for seaside dwellers along a stretch of Australian coastline in New South Wales, the term quite literally describes the frothy substance that completely covered their beaches after a nearby storm stirred up the Pacific.

Posted on Aug 28, 2007 READ MORE


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Shark Swallows Then Rejects Diver

A three-meter-long white pointer shark swallowed an Australian diver headfirst, up to his torso, only to discover that it couldn’t stand the taste. The dissatisfied shark then spat out Eric Nerhus, who experts believe was mistaken for a seal.

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