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2020 Australian Wildfires Trigger Algal Blooms Thousands of Miles Away

2020 Australian Wildfires Trigger Algal Blooms Thousands of Miles Away

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor Research has found that smoke and ash from Australia’s massive 2019 and 2020 wildfires triggered widespread algal blooms thousands of miles away. The Duke University-led study reported that the phenomenon could be effective in sequestering additional carbon, but algal blooms can also be toxic and devastating to wildlife and […]

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One Cool Thing: And the Emmy Goes to…Secrets of the Whales!

One Cool Thing: And the Emmy Goes to…Secrets of the Whales!

You may remember our special Earth Day interview with Friend of the Planet, Brian Skerry. Well, he’s in the news again, but this time for working on the Emmy Award-winning documentary, Secrets of the Whales. The four-part series explores the complex lives of five whale species, including orcas, humpbacks, belugas, narwhals, and sperm whales.   […]

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No to Seabed Mining From World Conservation Congress

No to Seabed Mining From World Conservation Congress

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer A motion rejecting deep-sea mining was largely supported by delegates at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, currently meeting in Marseille, France. The motion calls for a moratorium on extracting minerals from deep below the ocean surface, as well as reforms for the International Seabed Authority, which is responsible for […]

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Saving Florida’s Corals

Saving Florida’s Corals

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Seven years ago, Florida’s corals started dying. The mysterious illness, called stony coral tissue loss disease, quickly decimated almost half of the state’s hard coral. Florida’s reefs are the only coral reef system in the continental US, running up the state’s Atlantic coast from the Keys to West Palm Beach. […]

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NatGeo and Mexico Team Up to Create New Marine Protected Area, Islas Marías

NatGeo and Mexico Team Up to Create New Marine Protected Area, Islas Marías

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The Mexican government, Mares Mexicanos, and the National Geographic Pristine Seas project have announced a new fully protected marine area: the Islas Marías Biosphere Reserve. The reserve will cover 6,413 square kilometers, an area about the size of Delaware, and bans all fishing, mining, drilling, and other extractive activities. The coalition says […]

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One Cool Thing: Deep-sea Paradise

One Cool Thing: Deep-sea Paradise

Off the coast of Texas, deep in the Gulf of Mexico, is a hidden wonder and one of the last of its kind. The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary is home to some of the healthiest remaining coral reefs on the planet, along with underwater mountains known as salt domes and hundreds of species, including whales, sea turtles, mollusks, crustaceans, birds, […]

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