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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Hurricane Grace Could Be Supercharged by Climate Change

Hurricane Grace Could Be Supercharged by Climate Change

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Yesterday afternoon, Tropical Storm Grace became Hurricane Grace and is projected to hit Mexico twice —first on the Yucatan Peninsula and then the country’s central coast. The storm has already passed through Haiti, which is still reeling from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake. The compounding disasters are “further disrupting access to water, shelter, and other […]

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Advocates Urge Shipping Speed Limits to Protect Endangered Gulf Whale

Advocates Urge Shipping Speed Limits to Protect Endangered Gulf Whale

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer

A coalition of environmental groups is urging the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to set an 11.5 mph limit on shipping speeds in an 11,500 square mile stretch of water off the Gulf Coast of Florida and Alabama. 

Why This Matters: Whales, despite operating at the top of their food chains, face mass casualties and mortal threats from human activity.

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One Blue Thing:  More Flower Garden In the Gulf of Mexico

One Blue Thing: More Flower Garden In the Gulf of Mexico

One of our nation’s best-kept secrets is that we have national parks in the ocean — not right offshore — but out in the blue.  And yesterday, one of them was tripled in size after years of work by non-profits, the Texas and Tennessee Aquariums, and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, that supports these blue […]

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Deep-Sea Corals Gain Protection in the Gulf of Mexico

Deep-Sea Corals Gain Protection in the Gulf of Mexico

Last week the federal government approved protections for 500 square miles of deep-sea coral habitats in the Gulf of Mexico, NOLA.com reported. The rules, approved by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), prohibit fishing with bottom tending nets and other fishing tools that rip apart fragile corals.

Why This Matters: Deep-sea corals live at depths up to 10,000 feet and protect a diverse array of marine life including shrimp, crab, and other fish caught and sold for consumption around the world.

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This Year’s Hurricane Season Is Off The Charts – And Not Over Yet

This Year’s Hurricane Season Is Off The Charts – And Not Over Yet

This year has seen many bad records broken when it comes to climate-driven severe weather. We are now several letters into the Greek alphabet for storm names having reached this point (23 so far) for only the second time since storm names began.

Why This Matters:  The number of storms is not just a fun fact — it is devastating for tens of thousands of people.

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