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Posted on March 28, 2018 - 9:51am, by raye
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Via Hakai Magazine

"Faced with a warming world and few, if any, prospects for dramatic greenhouse gas reductions, some solutions for the climate change problem have focused on deliberately manipulating the Earth’s climate. But from cloud seeding to installing giant mirrors in space, almost all geoengineering schemes ignore perhaps the most dangerous problem the planet faces: ocean acidification."

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Posted on March 28, 2018 - 9:44am, by raye

Via The Times

"Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, assisted by scientists from the department of civil engineering at the University of Illinois, studied 19 bath toys that had been used 'under real conditions' — namely, at bath-time — and carried out controlled experiments on six identical bath toys in the laboratory. Then they cut open the ducks and peered into their slimy interiors."

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Posted on March 28, 2018 - 9:38am, by raye
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Via Anthropocene

"News about coral reefs seems almost unrelentingly bleak. Everywhere they’re bleaching and collapsing, unable to withstand the ravages of fast-heating waters — except, that is, the northern Red Sea, where it appears that a vast region of exceptionally hardy reefs will survive temperatures far exceeding present-day norms."

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Posted on March 28, 2018 - 9:03am, by nwehner
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Via Global Ocean Health

"In a continued triumph for lovers of the ocean (and others!) across the nation, nearly all NOAA programs were funded at the same level as last year, or grew. Of particular interest, Congress increased the funding for the Ocean Acidification Program by $500,000 to $11 million. This bump is part of an 83% increase from the $6 million budget five years ago: mirroring growing awareness and concern about the issue. The Pacific Coast Salmon Recovery Fund, which Trump had proposed eliminating, enjoyed strong support as well, receiving $65 million. And aquaculture – for which the president had proposed flat funding, actually grew by over 60% from the previous year, to $15 million."

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Posted on March 27, 2018 - 3:23pm, by nwehner

Via The New York Times

"The Environmental Protection Agency is considering a major change to the way it assesses scientific work, a move that would severely restrict the research available to it when writing environmental regulations.

Under the proposed policy, the agency would no longer consider scientific research unless the underlying raw data can be made public for other scientists and industry groups to examine. As a result, regulators crafting future rules would quite likely find themselves restricted from using some of the most consequential environmental research of recent decades, such as studies linking air pollution to premature deaths or work that measures human exposure to pesticides and other chemicals."

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Posted on March 27, 2018 - 10:01am, by raye

Via National Geographic

"Previously, researchers believed that marine mammals could be so large because the buoyancy of water frees them from the constraints of gravity. Although this freedom may still be a factor, Gearty says that his results show that marine mammals need their heft to keep themselves warm in the often chilly oceans."

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Posted on March 27, 2018 - 9:57am, by raye

Via Hakai Magazine

"Slick with meltwater, the chocolaty goop brims with microscopic bits of once-living things that have not touched sunlight or air or flowing water for centuries, perhaps millennia. Deeper still lie plant and animal remains that could be tens of thousands of years old, dating back to the Pleistocene, when steppe bison and wooly mammoths wandered a treeless region that extended from here across the Bering Land Bridge, all the way to Siberia."

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Posted on March 27, 2018 - 9:45am, by raye
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Via Quartz

"On March 20, Brazil joined the growing list. President Michel Temer announced the creation of two marine protected areas with the Brazilian exclusive economic zone (EEZ) totaling 900,000 square kilometers. That’s an area bigger than France and the UK combined. The announcement comes at a time when a campaign run by the charity Conservation International for marine protected areas in Brazil had gathered more than 10,000 supporters."

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