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SCUBA SCOOP/latest dive stories: The Beauty of the Dive

SCUBA SCOOP/latest dive stories: The Beauty of the Dive | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it

Diving on a shipwreck, I look up while inside a cabin and see a pool of air from my exhaled bubbles. The pool shimmers, mirror-like, and for a moment I see my own image gazing back at me.

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Another Major City Bans Plastic Shopping Bags

Another Major City Bans Plastic Shopping Bags | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Chicago has become the latest U.S. city to approve a ban on plastic shopping bags.

The City Council voted overwhelmingly in favor of a partial plastic bag ban in Chicago on Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune reports. The proposal was backed by Mayor R...
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Thumbs up---wish other cities would ban them as well!

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Gordon McGlone's curator insight, May 2, 2014 8:08 AM

Plastic bags will become a thing of the past very soon; it can be done and more governments are showing the courage to take a stand.

CEC Houston's curator insight, September 3, 2014 5:32 PM

California, Chicago.... While Texas contemplates the legality of bag fees. Which city in the Houston region will be the first? Houston, Pasadena, Pearland, Sugar Land, Baytown, League City?

Maria Loughran's curator insight, May 18, 6:05 PM

Needs to be nation-wide.

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Our trash is dispersing through the seas, absorbing hazardous chemicals, getting eaten by marine life and ending up back on our plates.

Our trash is dispersing through the seas, absorbing hazardous chemicals, getting eaten by marine life and ending up back on our plates. | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
In 2011, Sarah-Mae Nelson resolved to stop purchasing “stupid plastic.” That meant eliminating all the plastic things we barely use before throwing them away, like product packaging and disposable cutlery. For each stupid plastic thing she couldn’t avoid, like straws she forgot to tell waiters not to put in her drink or the clear address windows in her DMV renewal envelopes, she would atone by cleaning litter off the beach for 15 minutes.
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Why these bright, tiny crabs are blanketing Southern California beaches

Why these bright, tiny crabs are blanketing Southern California beaches | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Warmer waters off of California's coast have caused thousands of little red crabs to wash up on beaches.
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12 surprising flightless birds

12 surprising flightless birds | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
We all know ostriches, emus and penguins can't fly. But these flightless ducks, sea birds and parrots will make you do a double take.
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Cape's great white sharks head closer to shore

Cape's great white sharks head closer to shore | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
July and the first week of August are often thought of as the dog days of summer, but if last year and this year are any indication, August and September
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Native Alaskan Villagers May Become the First U.S. Climate Refugees - The Equation

Native Alaskan Villagers May Become the First U.S. Climate Refugees - The Equation | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it

The health, future, and fate of thousands of native villagers and their cultural heritage hangs in the balance as rapid climate change tightens its grip on Alaska.

Of Alaska’s 213 native villages, 184 are already experiencing severe problems with flooding and erosion. Thirty-one had already been identified by the U.S. Government as under “imminent threat” six years ago.

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Decomposing ‘whale shark’ five metres long found off Cheung Chau in Hong Kong with nylon rope around its tail

Decomposing ‘whale shark’ five metres long found off Cheung Chau in Hong Kong with nylon rope around its tail | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
The decomposing body of a whale shark, a rare species in local waters, was found off the coast of Cheung Chau....
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New Hunting Grounds: Jellyfish Attract Small Fish for Birds to Feed On

New Hunting Grounds: Jellyfish Attract Small Fish for Birds to Feed On | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Jellyfish provide easy access to hunting grounds for some sea birds, since they attract small fish to hang around their tentacles in exchange for plankton.
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Million gallons of wastewater closes another beach in Hawaii

Million gallons of wastewater closes another beach in Hawaii | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Hawaii Department of Health advises the public to stay out of the waters at popular Sandy Beach and its surroundings
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How Ted Danson, Cobie Smulders and Mary Steenburgen Are Fighting for the Oceans

How Ted Danson, Cobie Smulders and Mary Steenburgen Are Fighting for the Oceans | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Ask Ted Danson, 67, about his connection to the ocean, and he's quick to admit he's actually a landlubber. "I'm not a boat guy. I don't even like to get wet," he says. ("He doesn't shower; he dry cleans," quips his manager, Keith Addis.) "I like to talk about water," adds Danson, "from inside ballrooms, fundraising."
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Beached whale now swimming free

Beached whale now swimming free | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
A Minke whale beached in Auckland harbour for seven hours is now swimming free and "heading in the right direction".
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White sharks are killing sea otters — but not eating them - Conservation

White sharks are killing sea otters — but not eating them - Conservation | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
More and more dead sea otters are washing up on shore with shark bite wounds. But oddly, the sharks don’t appear to be eating their furry catch.
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Texas scuttles derelict ship Kinta S to make artificial reef for marine life

Texas scuttles derelict ship Kinta S to make artificial reef for marine life | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
After slipping beneath the waves, the Kinta S sank 75 feet to its watery grave off the Gulf of Mexico. The 40-year-old freighter will become a sanctuary for aquatic life.
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End All Captures of Dolphins for Public Display in U.S. Territorial Waters

There has not been a dolphin capture for public display in U.S. Territorial waters since 1993 due to the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Its incredibly difficult for an aquarium to obtain permits to capture dolphins humanely but unfortunately it is still not considered illegal. We would like to see an amendment of the MMPA to include a clause that will end the capture of dolphins for public display in the United States.

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Massive Fish Farm Proposed Off San Diego’s Coast

Massive Fish Farm Proposed Off San Diego’s Coast | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
The largest fish farm in America will be built 4 miles off San Diego's coast. The Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute is planning the project to correct what it calls this country’s seafood imbalance, but environmentalists equate it to an industrial farm.
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Shark Sanctuaries Announced Around Dutch Caribbean Islands

Shark Sanctuaries Announced Around Dutch Caribbean Islands | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
The Dutch government announced Sept. 2 that the waters surrounding Bonaire and Saba in the Caribbean Sea will become shark sanctuaries.
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Researchers have estimated that approximately 100 million sharks are killed each year by humans. However, a conservative estimate at best, as the true number could be as high as 273 million sharks killed annually by humans.


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From Beach Sandals to Ghost Nets, Artists Confront the Plastic Pollution of the Oceans

From Beach Sandals to Ghost Nets, Artists Confront the Plastic Pollution of the Oceans | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
The rotating current of the North Pacific Gyre contains in its ocean vortex a cloud of plastic debris constantly moving below the surface, a marine hazard nicknamed the Great Pacific Garbage Patch....
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This Rare Dolphin Is Disappearing And It's Entirely Our Fault

This Rare Dolphin Is Disappearing And It's Entirely Our Fault | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
For the love of animals. Pass it on.
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See the Whales Swimming in an Ocean of 70,000 Plastic Water Bottles

See the Whales Swimming in an Ocean of 70,000 Plastic Water Bottles | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
An art installation project in Bristol, England, is turning the spotlight on the problem of single-use containers.
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Deep sea robots livestream ocean floor landscapes, creatures

Deep sea robots livestream ocean floor landscapes, creatures | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
You can virtually join two robots exploring the deep sea off British Columbia during a three-week mission to discover new species, map the ocean floor, upgrade high-tech undersea sensors – and drop off a couple of fresh pig carcasses.
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U.S. Is Seen as Laggard as Russia Asserts Itself in Warming Arctic

U.S. Is Seen as Laggard as Russia Asserts Itself in Warming Arctic | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
With warming seas creating new opportunities at the top of the world, nations are scrambling over the Arctic. But Russia may be beating the United States to the punch.
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15+ Sea Slugs That Prove Aliens Already Live On Planet Earth

15+ Sea Slugs That Prove Aliens Already Live On Planet Earth | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Seeing how much you liked our Sea Bunny and Sea Sheep post, we decided to dive deeper to see what else is hidden beneath the sea. We were pleasantly surprised to find that the ocean is full cute slugs!
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Comeback of the century: The California sea otter's return from the brink of extinction

Comeback of the century: The California sea otter's return from the brink of extinction | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
How California sea otters came back from the brink of extinction to save their environment.
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Warning about Nylon braided Regulator Hoses » The Scubademon Blog

Warning about Nylon braided Regulator Hoses » The Scubademon Blog | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it

This plastic debris was attributed to degradation inside the regulator hoses, which were (un-named, pending confirmation of brand) nylon-braid type. It is believed that these hoses have a plastic lining inside the hose which breaks down over time, under certain conditions.
Various explanations were offered; hose O2 compatibility, hardened lubricant, UV damage from sun exposure or material ejected from a 1st stage plug assembly (HP seat) failure. However, the best theory seemed to be that of polymorphism on the hose lining.

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Reef sharks travel far to give birth

Reef sharks travel far to give birth | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Near sanctuary zones at Mangrove Bay and Coral Bay, marine biologists tagged 83 reef sharks. They then tracked the sharks' movements in order to find out how much protection the marine park provides the sharks. Over a two year period, the movements of blacktip reef sharks, grey reef sharks and sicklefin lemon sharks at Ningaloo Reef were examined.
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Sidemount Cave Diving in the Dominican Republic

Sidemount Cave Diving in the Dominican Republic | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
The Dominican Republic's ancient underground river system is a new frontier in diving for those with the experience and courage to try it.
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