Microplastics: What we know and discussion of research needs

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For the week 13 March 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, April 13 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on Microplastics: What we know and discussion of research needs, presented by Carlie Herring of NOAA.

Dive into the world of microplastics with the NOAA Marine Debris Program! Learn about what microplastics are, the different types, the impacts associated with microplastic marine debris, and future research needs.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar125.

P.S.: The media is doing a great job covering the shenanigans going on here in the US. As such, we're finding (and posting) several similar stories with different takes and information on the same topic. We're doing our best to join these stories together by linking to them in our "related content" sections.

For many of the news items below, rather than linking you to the source of the news, we'll now be linking you to the news item on OpenChannels. There, you may click the link to read the full story from its source, as well as browse any related content we've found. You'll be the champion of news trivia – enjoy!

Thank you for being a part of the OpenChannels Community,
-Nick Wehner, Allie Brown, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team


*News Update — 62 new posts this week*

  • Fishermen Fight to Dismantle First US Marine Monument (and 8 related posts) – https://oct.to/OC542.

  • Mass coral bleaching event hits Great Barrier Reef for second year in a row (and 3 related posts) – https://oct.to/OC543.

  • The world’s oceans are storing up staggering amounts of heat — and it’s even more than we thought (and 1 related post) – https://oct.to/OC544.

  • UN's Ocean Action Hub seeks public comments on Ensuring Sustainable Marine and Coastal Ecosystems – https://oct.to/OC545.

  • Blue Economy course available free online from the University of Seychelles – https://oct.to/OC546.

  • By 2030, half the world’s oceans could be reeling from climate change, scientists say (and 1 related post) – https://oct.to/OC547.

  • Cruise ship wrecks one of Indonesia’s best coral reefs at Raja Ampat (and 1 related post) – https://oct.to/OC548.

  • Sabine Jessen: Scott Islands Marine ‘protected’ area is really anything but – https://oct.to/OC549.

  • How to Fight the War on Science and Win – https://oct.to/OC550.

  • The Science of Science Advocacy (and 1 related post) – https://oct.to/OC551.

*Webinar Update — 1 new archived webinar this week*
Tuesday's webinar on, Drivers and implications of change in global ocean health as demonstrated by the Ocean Health Index, is now archived – https://oct.to/OC552.

*Video Update — 2 new videos this week*

*Literature Update — 58 new titles this week*
Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems has published an editorial by Graham Edgar, Marine protected areas need accountability not wasted dollars – https://oct.to/OC555.

*Grant & RFP Update — 1 new grant this week*
The BEST 2.0 Small Grants for Overseas Countries and Territories is now accepting proposals – https://oct.to/OC556.

*Job Listings Update — 12 new jobs this week*
Ulix Maritime Systems is hiring a Marine Environmental Compliance Specialist – https://oct.to/OC557.