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Sanchi oil spill contamination could take three months to reach mainland

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 09:37:33 EST ~ Water contaminated by the oil currently leaking into the ocean from the Sanchi tanker collision is likely to take at least three months to reach land, and if it does the Korean coast is the most likely location. However, the oil's fate is highly uncertain, as it may burn, evaporate, or mix into the surface ocean and contaminate the environment for an extended duration. Find out more...

Pregnant women in NC exposed to less secondhand nicotine after smoking ban

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 22:35:03 EST ~ A new study has found pregnant women experienced less secondhand smoke exposure since the 2009 passage of the smoking ban in North Carolina, which outlawed smoking inside public places such as bars and restaurants. Find out more...

Strong support for ocean protection: Study

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 10:10:08 EST ~ People around the world strongly support ocean conservation measures, according to a new study of public perceptions of marine threats and protection. Find out more...

New report calls for research to better understand, predict Gulf of Mexico's loop current system

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 11:14:10 EST ~ A new report calls for an international, multi-institutional comprehensive campaign of research, observation, and analysis activities that would help improve understanding and prediction of the Gulf of Mexico's Loop Current System (LCS). The position, strength, and structure of the LCS -- the dominant ocean circulation feature in the Gulf -- has major implications for oil and gas operations, hurricane intensity, coastal ecosystems, oil spill response, the fishing industry, tourism, and the region's economy. Find out more...

Boat traffic threatens the survival of Panama's Bocas Del Toro dolphins

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 09:03:07 EST ~ Bottlenose dolphins in Panama's Bocas Del Toro Archipelago should be designated as endangered say the authors of a new study. Biologists have discovered that the roughly 80 dolphins in the archipelago do not interbreed with other Caribbean bottlenose dolphins. Their low numbers jeopardize their long-term survival, which is threatened by increasing local boat traffic that killed at least seven dolphins in 2012. Find out more...

Scientists simulate the climate of Game of Thrones

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 21:54:41 EST ~ Winter is coming ... as anyone who watches the hit TV series, Game of Thrones, knows. Some even have their own theories for what causes the strange extended seasons in that world of dragons, kings, queens, and magic. But scientists have gone one stage further, by using a Climate Model to simulate and explore the climate of the world of Game of Thrones. Find out more...

To trade or not to trade? Breaking the ivory deadlock

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:45:46 EST ~ The debate over whether legal trading of ivory should be allowed to fund elephant conservation, or banned altogether to stop poaching has raged for decades without an end in sight. Now, an international team is working to break the policy stalemate. Find out more...

Hydropower dam energy without sacrificing Mekong food supply: New research offers solution

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:17:09 EST ~ Nearly 100 hydropower dams are planned for construction along tributaries off the Mekong River's 2,700-mile stretch. In a new article, researchers present a mathematical formula to balance power generation needs with the needs of fisheries downstream. Find out more...

Polar bear blogs reveal dangerous gap between climate-change facts and opinions

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 13:14:20 EST ~ Climate-change discussions on social media are very influential. A new study shows that when it comes to iconic topics such as polar bears and retreating sea ice, climate blogs fall into two distinct camps. With little or no overlap between deniers and the available scientific facts. Find out more...

Bridging the 'practice science gap' to optimize restoration projects

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 15:20:58 EST ~ As restoration projects throughout the country focus on restoring natural ecosystems, researchers are looking for ways to better bridge the 'practice science gap' between practitioners and biodiversity research in an effort optimize these types of projects. Find out more...