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What’s Fueling Florida’s Seaweed Blooms?

What’s Fueling Florida’s Seaweed Blooms?

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer The Atlantic Ocean’s Sargasso Sea, the only sea without a land boundary, is named for the brown free-floating seaweed that’s unique to its waters. Over the past decade, the sargassum seaweed has proliferated and spawned massive blooms beyond the Sargasso Sea’s boundaries, inundating Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and Florida […]

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Greenland’s Big Melt Down

Greenland’s Big Melt Down

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Greenland, whose ice sheet is melting rapidly, saw temperatures rise over 70 degrees Fahrenheit on Tuesday, melting enough ice to cover the state of Florida in two inches of water. International climate experts are now calling Greenland’s ice sheets a “ground zero” for “cascading climate impacts across the planet.” Additionally, melting Arctic ice is also […]

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Interview of the Week: Anne Birch click button

Interview of the Week: Anne Birch

Oysters are the unsung heroes of our oceans and estuaries. A single oyster can filter 50 gallons of water each day, while oyster reefs help protect coastal communities from erosion and storm surges and provide other marine species with habitat. In Pensacola, FL, The Nature Conservancy is leading the effort to place 33 oyster reefs […]

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50% of Salt Marshes at Risk of Destruction, Gullah/Geechee Nation Fights Back

50% of Salt Marshes at Risk of Destruction, Gullah/Geechee Nation Fights Back

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new study has found that half of the nation’s tidal marshes are at risk of being destroyed by sea-level rise, most of them along the southern coasts of the contiguous U.S. Now, members of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, whose one million residents live along coastal areas stretching from Jacksonville, North Carolina, to […]

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Florida Gulf Coast Facing Prolonged Algae Bloom, Threatening Ecosystems and Fisheries

Florida Gulf Coast Facing Prolonged Algae Bloom, Threatening Ecosystems and Fisheries

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer St. Petersburg, Florida, has fallen victim to what could be one of the most prolonged red tides in recent history. Hundreds of tons of dead sea life have washed up on shores as the ecological disaster takes root, and experts say the end isn’t yet in sight. Officials are trying to pinpoint […]

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One Cool Thing: Sea Agriculture Picking up Speed

One Cool Thing: Sea Agriculture Picking up Speed

Seaweed could be the next crop sensation, as seaweed farms on the coast of Bali, Indonesia, take root underwater. India-based Sea6 Energy has designed a “sea combine” in the hopes of boosting the now small seaweed market to the forefront of sustainable aquaculture. The innovative catamaran sweeps over fields of seaweed, harvesting and replanting it […]

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