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Posted on March 21, 2017 - 1:08pm, by abrown
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Via The Daily Catch

"President Trump is expected to issue an executive order soon to reverse Obama-era rules to cut carbon pollution, including a moratorium on leasing public lands for coal mining and a plan to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. Trump and his appointees argue that these steps will bring coal miners’ jobs back (although coal industry job losses reflect competition from cheap natural gas, not regulations that have yet to take effect). But they ignore the fact that mitigating climate change will produce large economic gains."

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Posted on March 21, 2017 - 11:24am, by abrown

Via Ocean Portal

"The tiny movements from the jellies produce small underwater waves and currents that can move quite large volumes of water. It's possible that the small turbulence created by jellyfish (and other animals) could be enough to break down oil after a spill."

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Posted on March 21, 2017 - 11:18am, by abrown

Via Science Daily

"Through genetic mutations microorganisms normally have the ability to develop new properties over a short time scale. Researchers now show that microbes in the deep seabed grow in slow motion with generation times of up to 100 years."

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Posted on March 21, 2017 - 8:20am, by nwehner
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Via The New York Times

"Americans overwhelmingly believe that global warming is happening, and that carbon emissions should be scaled back. But fewer are sure that the changes will harm them personally. New data released by Yale researchers gives the most detailed view yet of public opinion on global warming."

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Posted on March 20, 2017 - 10:31pm, by abrown
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Via Science Daily

"Marine litter is a threat to the marine ecosystem, human health and economic activities. A new report by the Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) sheds light on the many effects of litter in our oceans, and highlights the severity and scale of the issue. The report confirms that plastic items have the highest direct and indirect damaging impact."

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Posted on March 20, 2017 - 10:16pm, by abrown
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Via National Geographic

"Ensuring clean air, land, and water—this is how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses nearly 90 percent of its budget. However, in a controversial move that has many advocates concerned, this same budget has been slated for deep proposed cuts."

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Posted on March 20, 2017 - 10:00pm, by abrown

Via The New York Times

"Take half a dozen retired Navy dolphins and put them in a huge tank with a trainer and some oversized hula hoops for six months and what do you get? Potential clues to unraveling the mysteries behind why some marine mammals are susceptible to mass strandings, scientists hope."

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Posted on March 20, 2017 - 9:56am, by nwehner
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Via The Atlantic

"While this proposal hints at President Trump’s governance priorities, and serves as an initial negotiating position, it mostly markets his ideological bonafides to other Republicans. It’s fiduciary fan fiction for conservatives, basically, with little chance of becoming law. Not only will a tiny EPA be politically difficult to enact, but there are also sticky legal limits on the extent to which the non-military side of the government can be defunded."

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Posted on March 20, 2017 - 9:39am, by nwehner
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Via Marianas Variety

"Placement on the NOAA inventory means that the agency has determined that the nomination successfully met numerous criteria, including ecological, historical, cultural and archaeological significance; economic uses; need for conservation and management of threatened resources; and broad-based community support."

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