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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At Subway, Eat Fresh What?

At Subway, Eat Fresh What?

The New York Times’ Julia Carmel did a deep dive into tuna sandwiches from Subway — one of the world’s largest restaurant chains — over a class-action lawsuit claiming that its tuna sandwiches “are completely bereft of tuna as an ingredient.”

Why This Matters:  In the 1980s canned tuna was a staple food found in nearly every pantry in America.  But these days tuna are harder and harder to catch, as the wildly popular Netflix documentary Seaspiracy explained to many who were simply unaware of how their tuna roll or melt was impacting the ocean.

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One Fun Way To Keep Plastic Beach Toys Out of the Ocean

One Fun Way To Keep Plastic Beach Toys Out of the Ocean

The folks on Hilton Head Island have a great new way of “recycling” plastic beach toys — they have built a big bin on the beach at Islanders Beach Park where people can drop off beach toys they find and other families can borrow them and later either return them there or take them home.  […]

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Read This: New York Times Visualizes Complex Ocean Currents Impacted by Climate Change

Read This: New York Times Visualizes Complex Ocean Currents Impacted by Climate Change

The New York Times has a must-see visualization of the problem that has climate scientists super-worried — the possible slowing down of the Gulf Stream, which will have a major impact on the weather of four continents. 

Why This Matters:  A 2019 report by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded that although the AMOC will “very likely” weaken later this century, collapse is “very unlikely.”

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UN Report Says Countries Must Implement Ocean-Based Solutions to Fight Climate Change

UN Report Says Countries Must Implement Ocean-Based Solutions to Fight Climate Change

A new report released last week by the United Nations found that the countries of the world aren’t taking ocean health as seriously as they should in the fight against climate change. The oceans provide a key function in absorbing carbon and heat from the atmosphere. 

Why This Matters: The ocean has been a critical buffer against climate change, absorbing carbon and supporting ecosystems that prevent flooding, sustain communities, and more.

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Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Make Waves Ahead of Climate Summit

Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Make Waves Ahead of Climate Summit

On Tuesday, Special Presidential Envoy John Kerry and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, participated in a virtual event to demonstrate the advantages of “blue” climate initiatives.  Leaders from around the globe attended the event — the UK’s Environment Minister, Chile’s Foreign Minister, and the Prime Minister of Fiji.  

Why this Matters:  Ocean-based climate strategies tend to take a back seat to emissions cuts in the transportation and fossil fuel sectors. 

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