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California Oil Spill Damage Still TBD

California Oil Spill Damage Still TBD

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor A pipeline failure off the coast of Huntington Beach on Saturday has now spilled as many as 126,000 gallons of crude oil into the Pacific Ocean, damaging ecosystems and forcing beach closures. Now, Californians are lamenting the state’s many climate disasters as drought, wildfires, and now oil spills take […]

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Plastic Pollution + Climate Change = Ocean Overload

Plastic Pollution + Climate Change = Ocean Overload

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Climate change and marine plastic pollution are fundamentally linked, and new research by the Zoological Society London and Bangor University examines their connection. The paper identifies three key ways these two issues are intertwined:   Greenhouse gas emissions caused by plastic’s life cycle (from production to disposal) perpetuates climate […]

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Coral Reef Science Severely Lacks Representation for Women and Poorer Nations

Coral Reef Science Severely Lacks Representation for Women and Poorer Nations

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor A new paper published in Frontiers on coral reef research has found that gender and geographical disparities among researchers and authors are stark, and countries with some of the world’s most precious coral reefs are underrepresented in scientific discussions. Experts say this lack of diverse perspectives is harming the […]

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NASA Finds Arctic Ice Melt Forms Clouds that Fuel Warming

NASA Finds Arctic Ice Melt Forms Clouds that Fuel Warming

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor Scientists have discovered another vicious cycle that has taken root in our environment due to climate change — this time, between sea ice and clouds. New NASA research has found that melting arctic ice is exposing the surface of the Arctic ocean, in turn fueling cloud formations that blanket […]

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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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