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Sea star wasting epidemic made worse by warming waters

Sea star wasting epidemic made worse by warming waters

Sea stars are a common sight on the Pacific coast, you don’t even have to be a diver as you can usually find one in a tide pool. But UC Santa Cruz explained that beginning in 2013, a mysterious disease crippled sea star populations up and down the U.S. west coast. Over a matter of months, […]

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50 years after Santa Barbara oil spill, the call remains: ‘Get oil out’

50 years after Santa Barbara oil spill, the call remains: ‘Get oil out’

Special to ODP from David Helvarg, first published in the San Francisco Chronicle, January 25, 2019 Fifty years after a California oil spill launched the modern environmental movement, we may finally be moving beyond the age of oil, and none too soon. In October, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, made up of the world’s […]

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50 years after Santa Barbara oil spill, the call remains: ‘Get oil out’

50 years after Santa Barbara oil spill, the call remains: ‘Get oil out’

Fifty years after a California oil spill launched the modern environmental movement, we may finally be moving beyond the age of oil, and none too soon.

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Right Whales Get Right of Way

Right Whales Get Right of Way

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wasted no time returning from the shutdown and extended restrictions on shipping in an area off Cape Cod on the way into Boston Harbor to protect the highly endangered Northern right whale.  The “Ship Strike Rule” mandates speed restrictions of no more than 10 knots for vessels 65 feet or greater in certain locations and at certain times of the year along the east coast of the United States.

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Greenland’s Rapid Ice Melt Could Jeopardize Major Cities

Greenland’s Rapid Ice Melt Could Jeopardize Major Cities

Sea level rise caused by rapidly melting ice sheets in Greenland is now even more likely to adversely impact the most vulnerable coastal cities: Shanghai, Hong Kong, Osaka (Japan), Rio de Janeiro, and Miami, according to a news report in The Guardian.  A new study published by the National Academies of Sciences led by scientists from Ohio State found that ice loss between 2003 and 2013 was greater than previously thought because in addition to glaciers, a greater amount of melting during that time came from ice sheets in the southwest region of the island, which is largely glacier-free and had not been as closely studied in the past. 

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Pass on the oxybenzone, protect Florida’s reefs

Pass on the oxybenzone, protect Florida’s reefs

The Miami Herald reported yesterday that the Key West City Commission on Tuesday unanimously voted to ban the sale of sunscreens that contain two ingredients — oxybenzone and octinoxate — that a growing body of scientific evidence says harm coral reefs. While opponents to the ban claim that it will increase rates of skin cancer City […]

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