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New map highlights sinking Louisiana coast

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 10:06:24 EDT ~ A subsidence map of coastal Louisiana has now been created, putting the rate at which this region is sinking at just over one third of an inch per year. Find out more...

Why microplastic debris may be the next big threat to our seas

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 09:27:49 EDT ~ More than five trillion pieces of plastic debris are estimated to be in our oceans, though many are impossible to see with the naked eye. Find out more...

Biodegradable microbeads made from cellulose

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 22:24:34 EDT ~ On World Ocean Day, researchers announce they have developed biodegradable cellulose microbeads from a sustainable source that could potentially replace harmful plastic ones that contribute to ocean pollution. Find out more...

Motor-boat noise makes fish bad parents, leading to the death of their babies

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 20:13:56 EDT ~ The sound of motorboat engines disturbed coral reef fish so acutely it changed the behavior of parents, and stopped male fish properly guarding their young, feeding and interacting with their offspring, new research has found. Find out more...

New evidence reveals source of 1586 Sanriku, Japan tsunami

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 17:03:32 EDT ~ A team of researchers re-examined historical evidence around the Pacific and discovered the origin of the tsunami that hit Sanriku, Japan in 1586 -- a mega-earthquake from the Aleutian Islands that broadly impacted the north Pacific. Until now, this was considered an orphan tsunami, a historical tsunami without an obvious local earthquake source, likely originating far away. Find out more...

Marine reserves help mitigate against climate change, say scientists

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 15:23:25 EDT ~ Highly protected marine reserves can help mitigate against the impacts of climate change, a study by a team of international scientists has concluded. Find out more...

Scientists launch global agenda to curb social, human rights abuses in seafood sector

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 14:38:22 EDT ~ As the United Nations Oceans Conference convenes in New York, a new paper calls on marine scientists to focus on social issues such as human rights violations in the seafood industry. Find out more...

Big fish in big trouble in Europe

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 12:51:11 EDT ~ Many large fish species, including many of the sharksand raysof Europe, are threatened with extinction. Confirming the findings of previous studies, scientists highlight regional differences in fish stock status in Europe and point to overfishing in the Mediterranean. Find out more...

2017 hurricane season follows year of extremes

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 12:44:26 EDT ~ The 2016 hurricane season started in January and ended 318 days later in late-November. Hurricane Matthew was the first Category 5 in a decade, the longest stretch without one since 1950. Find out more...

Public confused by climate change messages

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 12:40:53 EDT ~ Experts, charities, the media and government confuse the public by speaking 'different languages' on climate change, a new study says. The research team focused on Colombia and likened climate change communication to a 'broken phone'. Find out more...