"The public are being asked to pledge their support for a ban on balloon releases in their local area by The Marine Conservation Society. The push follows volunteers finding an increase of over 50 per cent in the amount of balloon litter on UK beaches between 2015 and 2016."
"Marine protected areas (MPAs) are an increasingly popular strategy for protecting marine biodiversity, but a new global study demonstrates that widespread lack of personnel and funds are preventing MPAs from reaching their full potential. Only 9 percent of MPAs reported having adequate staff. The findings are published in the journal Nature on March 22."
This bill was introduced by US Senator Marco Rubio on March 15, 2017.
"To impose sanctions with respect to the People's Republic of China in relation to activities in the South China Sea and the East China Sea, and for other purposes."
"A new paper published in the journal Nature offers data to back up something conservationists have argued for a long time: Marine protected areas (MPAs) need adequate money and staff to reach their full potential (as a recent groundbreaking initiative in Indonesia illustrates)."
"Odile Madden knows a lot about plastic. A materials scientist with the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute, she has spent the past eight years studying plastics artifacts in the Smithsonian collections. Plastics are found in all the collections of the Smithsonian’s museums now, and the long-term stability of many of these artifacts is questionable and uncertain. Madden’s job is to study that instability in an attempt to extend the lifetimes of these objects."
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"[NASA] will still have to cut four specific missions: the Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) satellite (which monitors the health of our oceans, and expands upon atmospheric studies); the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-3 (OCO-3) experiment, which collects precise space-based measurements of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) to assess its growth (or decline) over an annual cycle; the Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory (CLARREO) Pathfinder, which can produce accurate climate records to test climate projections, improve models and enable sound policy decisions; and the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), which maintains the nation's real-time solar wind monitoring capabilities, critical to the accuracy and lead time of NOAA's space weather alerts and forecasts."
"Hawaiian custom recognizes a connection between the watershed and the ocean, mauka and makai; and experts are also looking to the mountains to explain the declining health of coral reefs."
"A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in the U.S. has found via genetic analysis that tool use by sea otters appears to go back hundreds of thousands or even millions of years. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, the team describes how they looked for genetic differences between groups of otters and compared their findings with tool use in bottlenose dolphins to learn more about the history of tool use in marine animals."