“Sea Snot” Outbreak Covers Coast of Turkey’s Sea of Marmara

“Sea Snot” Outbreak Covers Coast of Turkey’s Sea of Marmara

An invasion of “sea snot” has literally slimed the coast of the Sea of Marmara in Turkey. Like the name suggests, “sea snot,” or marine mucilage, is a snot-like film that floats on the surface of seawater, and stinks. This influx of “sea snot,” is the largest in history, and could threaten marine life and fishing.  

Why this Matters:  Marine mucilage forms when nutrient-rich waters remain stagnant during long stints of hot weather, which then allows phytoplankton to propagate and spread uncontrollably, oozing a mucus that contains protein, carbohydrates, and fat.

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Study Finds Many Lakes are Losing Oxygen at an Alarming Rate

Study Finds Many Lakes are Losing Oxygen at an Alarming Rate

Oxygen levels in lakes are declining globally according to a new study, and experts say that it could have dangerous implications for the wildlife and humans that rely on freshwater ecosystems.

Why This Matters: Lakes only cover 3% of the earth’s surface, but are some of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world, providing food and water for millions of people around the globe.

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Our Oceans Are Suffocating

Our Oceans Are Suffocating

The largest study of its kind has concluded that oxygen levels in the world’s oceans declined by roughly 2 percent between 1960 and 2010. Sixty-seven scientific experts from 51 institutes in 17 countries, came together for the largest peer-reviewed study conducted so far on ocean deoxygenation for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). […]

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