Pollution

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Posted on December 11, 2017 - 10:19am, by raye

Via The News

"The UK’s only pod of killer whales is facing extinction because of toxic pollution. With only eight members remaining and no reports of a calf being born for over 20 years, the pod may be gone in a matter of decades, despite the toxins that are killing them having been banned for almost 40 years."

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Posted on November 30, 2017 - 10:17am, by raye

Via Miami New Times

"Nearly three months ago, Hurricane Irma destroyed thousands of boats in marinas as it spun through the Sunshine State. Workers have spent weeks towing the vessels to shore and clearing out the debris, but hundreds of boats remain smashed and sunken in coastal waterways. And now marine scientists warn that the decaying wreckage could harm delicate local ecosystems."

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Posted on November 21, 2017 - 5:16pm, by abrown
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Via NewsDeeply

"Oceans Deeply talks with experts about how the city of Seattle pioneered a ban on plastic straws, a campaign to make other cities ‘strawless’ and how straws are a gateway to changing people’s use of disposable plastics, responsible for a marine pollution crisis."

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Posted on November 14, 2017 - 1:56pm, by raye
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Via NRDC

"On Thursday, the House Natural Resources Committee passed a bill, called the “SECURE American Energy Act” (H.R. 4239), that can only be described as an oil industry wish-list. The bill’s purpose is to mow down environmental concerns that stand in the way of the complete exploitation of fossil fuels in this country. For the oceans, this would mean an end to national monument designation and to some of those pesky safety regulations that were put in place after the Deepwater spill, among other things. And although it hasn’t received much attention—yet—one late addition to the bill targets marine mammals in a very big way."

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Posted on November 8, 2017 - 1:35pm, by abrown
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Via Huff Post

Louie Gohmert of Texas claims he drove along the Gulf Coast looking for oil after Deepwater Horizon exploded but found only 'a drop or two here and there.'" He suggested that nature naturally cleans up oil spills. 

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Posted on November 1, 2017 - 2:45pm, by abrown
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Via Futurity

A new study shows that humans create the loudest sound disruptions underwater in multiple bays in Hawai'i. The 2011 tsunami allowed researchers to develop a benchmark of how loud the bays would be with no human caused noise. The extreme noise may be interrupting dolphins who use the bays to rest during the day.

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Posted on October 24, 2017 - 6:37am, by abrown
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Via Manila Times

"A GROUP of environmentalists in Cebu has revealed that several local government units (LGUs) are engaged in reclamation projects to increase internal revenue allotment (IRA) apparently ignoring its ill effects on the balanced ecology of marine life. Oceana Philippines, the largest international non-government organization focused on ocean conservation, said the corals and the sea grass are filled by tons of back filling materials because of the ongoing reclamation works."

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Posted on October 19, 2017 - 10:25am, by abrown
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Via Vancouver Observer

Kinder Morgan is beginning the construction of the approved expanded pipeline in Western Canada by adding 5 Salmon Spawning deterrents in different rivers. The construction time line has not been approved; therefore, the action is unauthorized. Can we trust Kinder Morgan to follow the law during the rest of the construction?

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Posted on October 17, 2017 - 5:11pm, by nwehner
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Via EcoWatch

"Last week, a pipe owned by offshore oil and gas operator LLOG Exploration Company, LLC spilled up to 393,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, reminding many observers of the Deepwater Horizon explosion seven years ago that spewed approximately 210 million gallons of crude into familiar territory."

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