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Surfers Fear Climate Change Will Wipe Out Big Waves

Dedicated surfers, deeply involved with monitoring the natural coastal environment around the world, warn that climate change now poses a major threat to this booming leisure industry.

Posted on Oct 5, 2014 READ MORE



Trade Winds Draw ‘Missing’ Warmth to Deep Ocean

The Pacific Ocean may be providing the world with a temporary reprieve from high rates of global warming, by storing heat that would normally warm the atmosphere, scientists say.

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 READ MORE



Those Beads in Your Body Wash? They’re Harming Ecosystems

“Microbeads”—bits of plastic no bigger than grains of salt, which absorb industrial toxins after being flushed down drains—are floating along the Los Angeles River and into the Pacific Ocean.

Posted on Jan 26, 2014 READ MORE



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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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Experts Fear Fukushima Leaks Sending Radioactive Water Into the Pacific

The radiation crisis at the melted-down Fukushima power plant is worsening as leaking tanks and underground water add new and critical problems that some fear are beyond the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s ability to handle.

Posted on Aug 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Polar Ice Melt Will Mean Uneven Sea-Level Rise

Research shows some parts of the world are likely to get higher sea levels than others this century, particularly along the Pacific Ocean.

Posted on Feb 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Powder Keg in the Pacific

China’s determination to assert control over disputed islands in the potentially energy-rich waters of the East and South China Seas spells trouble not just regionally, but potentially globally.

Posted on Jan 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Bluefin Tuna Carry Radiation Across the Pacific

Small amounts of radioactive cesium were detected in samples of bluefin tuna caught off the coast of California last summer, just five months after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster in Japan, a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Journal reports.

Posted on May 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Some Progress, but More Worry, at Japanese Plant

Although a stopgap measure has apparently plugged the leak in Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, keeping more radioactive water from spilling into the Pacific, the crisis has shifted over to Reactor 1, which could be headed for a blowup. 

Posted on Apr 6, 2011 READ MORE



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Senate Lets Sharks Keep Their Fins for Christmas

The Senate has moved to close a loophole that allows fishing concerns in America’s corner of the Pacific Ocean to engage in finning—that’s when you catch a shark, cut off its fin and dump the mutilated, still living-but-not-for-long animal back in the water so it can suffer to death.

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 READ MORE


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