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Posted on February 8, 2018 - 10:38am, by raye
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Via Los Angeles Times

"We remember the 1969 Santa Barbara oil-rig blowout that unleashed millions of gallons of crude oil, killing seabirds, poisoning seals and dolphins, and coating 35 miles of coastlinewith up to 6 inches of oil. More recently, a 2015 pipeline leak fouled Refugio State Beach and forced the closure of commercial and recreational fishing for weeks. Cleanup costs topped $90 million."

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Posted on February 8, 2018 - 10:24am, by raye
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Via BBC News

"Norwegian fishermen are worried that their fish stocks may lose their reputation for being untouched by pollution. Most of the large plastic waste there comes from discarded fishing gear. And boat owners admit it will take hundreds of years to overcome a few reckless decades of using the sea as a dump."

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Posted on February 7, 2018 - 12:51pm, by raye
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Via Ocean Conservancy

"To take a page out of the U.S. presidential playbook, perhaps we should take stock and ask how we find the state of our ocean, one year into the Trump administration? To be honest, it’s been a challenging year. The administration has made numerous announcements and decisions that have the potential to impact coastal communities and residents, ocean habitat and wildlife."

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Posted on February 7, 2018 - 12:49pm, by raye
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Via Marine Conservation Society

"The inquiry into the environmental impact of salmon farming follows a report that highlighted the potential for lice from farmed salmon to damage wild populations of fish. The report, by SAMS Research Services, said there were gaps in the data and called for farm lice statistics to be put in the public domain."

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Posted on February 7, 2018 - 12:42pm, by raye
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Via UPI

"Scientists found that even before the layers of snow atop sea ice begin to melt away, the snow warms and its optical conditions change, allowing fractionally more light to filter down to the underside of the sea ice -- enough to trigger algal growth."

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Posted on February 6, 2018 - 1:55pm, by raye
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Via National Geographic

"Starting in 2014, teams at Protix researched different types of insects. Eventually, they discovered that the black soldier fly has a large amount of protein stored during its larvae stage because the fly doesn’t eat once it is hatched. Salmon, which are notoriously picky, liked the food made from the black soldier flies better than the other alternatives."

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Posted on February 6, 2018 - 10:37am, by raye
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Via BBC

"Broken shells, dislodged boulders and fresh scallop meat were all filmed on the seabed in the Firth of Lorn. Environmental group Open Seas said it showed that Marine Protected Areas(MPAs), where fishing with gear is banned, are not effectively policed."

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Posted on February 6, 2018 - 10:02am, by raye
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Via The Washington Post

"Permafrost, the Arctic’s frozen soil, acts as a massive ice trap that keeps carbon stuck in the ground and out of the atmosphere — where, if released as carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas would drive global warming. But as humans warm the climate, they risk thawing that permafrost and releasing that carbon, with microbial organisms becoming more active and breaking down the ancient plant life that had previously been preserved in the frozen earth. That would further worsen global warming, further thawing the Arctic — and so on."

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