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New genetic research finds shark, human proteins stunningly similar

Despite widespread fascination with sharks, the world’s oldest ocean predators have long been a genetic mystery.
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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, 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, 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?

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Ship Traffic Increases Dramatically, to Oceans' Detriment

Ship Traffic Increases Dramatically, to Oceans' Detriment | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
The demand for global trade is driving a huge growth in cargo shipping in the world's oceans, with nearly four times as many ships at sea than in 1992.
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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, November 20, 8:07 AM

Option topic: Marine environments 

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Devastating Starfish Disease May Be Caused by Waterborne Virus

Devastating Starfish Disease May Be Caused by Waterborne Virus | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
The mystery surrounding a gruesome disease that affects starfish on the Pacific coast might finally be put to rest.
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Why Are Millions of Starfish 'Melting'?

Why Are Millions of Starfish 'Melting'? | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
A virus is the culprit behind a gruesome wasting disease that has struck sea stars along the West Coast of Canada and the U.S.
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Dive Spots to Check Out With The Whole Family - Scuba Diver Life

Dive Spots to Check Out With The Whole Family - Scuba Diver Life | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
These family-friendly diving destinations are guaranteed to help you create everlasting memories with the entire clan.
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The seas are a climate change battleground — and the government is not protecting them

The seas are a climate change battleground — and the government is not protecting them | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Britain's bass stocks have collapsed, with commercial fishermen and even recreational anglers facing drastic cuts in what they're allowed to catch. West Country boats are laid up after a total ban on fishing for skate — the latest evidence of our continuing failure to manage our seas properly.
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The pearl fishers of Arabia

The pearl fishers of Arabia | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Arabia's once booming trade in pearls was wounded by early globalisation - and killed by colonial intransigence.
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Can marine debris degrade on its own in the environment?

Can marine debris degrade on its own in the environment? | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Most debris items take a long time to degrade in the marine environment
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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, November 16, 4:27 PM

Option topc: marine

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Constant cleaning or using biodegradable materials will help reducing such type of marine crimes.....

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Agency facing criticism over shark-fin incident - Taipei Times

Agency facing criticism over shark-fin incident - Taipei Times | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Greenpeace Taiwan yesterday accused the Fisheries Agency of inaction amid allegations that two Taiwanese fishing boats illegally harvested 143kg of shark fins before releasing the wounded sharks back into the ocean earlier this year.
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Underwater gliders study Antarctic ice melt form below

Underwater gliders study Antarctic ice melt form below | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Three robotic underwater gliders deployed in the Southern Ocean are helping scientists better understand Antarctica's shrinking ice sheets.
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Diver finds clusters of undiscovered shipwrecks in Lake Michigan

Diver finds clusters of undiscovered shipwrecks in Lake Michigan | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
It’s a remote island that’s barely remembered by history but below the surface of Lake Michigan, however, it’s a different story. Skillagalee is tiny island less than a quarter mile long and about ...
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'Bond-Style Underwater Jetski In £16m Drugs Plot'

'Bond-Style Underwater Jetski In £16m Drugs Plot' | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Four Dutch men plotted to smuggle an "enormous" amount of cocaine worth £16m into the UK by using a "James Bond"-style underwater vehicle, a court has heard.
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Bell of captain’s ship recovered from Franklin Expedition

Bell of captain’s ship recovered from Franklin Expedition | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Bell of captain’s ship recovered from Franklin Expedition - The Globe and Mail.
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Discovered: Oldest Intact Skeleton Found in Mexico's Yucatan

Discovered: Oldest Intact Skeleton Found in Mexico's Yucatan | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
The New World's oldest intact skeleton found in Mexico's Yucatan. Read more aboutthe Mexican government's National Institute of Anthropology and History's discovery here.
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Favourite Canadian Dives - Scuba Diver Life

Favourite Canadian Dives - Scuba Diver Life | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
The land of the True North strong and free is home to some of the world's best and most glorious diving destinations. Here's a collection of some of our top choices for diving across Canada.
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Newfoundland has endless shipwrecks, after all it is the site of the famous Titanic (not diveable), but it is extreme cold water diving!

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Restaurant owner, parent company plead guilty in sale of whale meat

Restaurant owner, parent company plead guilty in sale of whale meat | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
The parent company and owner of a Santa Monica restaurant pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges stemming from serving meat from the endangered Sei whale to undercover investigators in 2009 and 2010.
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Felicite Joseph Grajille's curator insight, November 20, 5:22 PM

"The outcome of the tagging project of whales which has cost millions of my country is "NIL", so what next for the next generation?"

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TODAY: Chat With National Geographic Explorer Enric Sala

TODAY: Chat With National Geographic Explorer Enric Sala | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Do you ever wonder what it's like to be a National Geographic Explorer? Here's your chance to connect directly with someone who has ventured to unexplored areas, discovered previously unknown life ...
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Alert Diver | Preventing Breathing-Gas Contamination

Alert Diver | Preventing Breathing-Gas Contamination | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it

Incidents involving bad breathing gas — be it air, nitrox, trimix or another mixture — are rare, yet they do occur. Health effects on divers vary depending on the contaminant breathed. Among the most severe symptoms of breathing contaminated gas are impaired judgment and loss of consciousness, both of which may be deadly underwater.

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Biodegradable fishing nets could prevent sea mammal deaths

Biodegradable fishing nets could prevent sea mammal deaths | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Alejandro Plasencia has created biodegradable fishing nets and tracking tags for fishermen to prevent sea mammals getting trapped in lost trawling equipment
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Lauri's curator insight, November 18, 10:56 PM

Finally a sensible solution.

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The Last Place on Earth - The Leuser Ecosystem

The Last Place on Earth - The Leuser Ecosystem | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Stand for the local people of Aceh - protect the Leuser Ecosystem! http://a.ran.org/a0v
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Absurd Creature of the Week: The Nightmarish Shark That Lures Victims With Its Effed Up Teeth | WIRED

Absurd Creature of the Week: The Nightmarish Shark That Lures Victims With Its Effed Up Teeth | WIRED | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
In the deep sea, to get ahold of prey you'd do well to have row after row of backward-facing, needle-like teeth---hundreds and hundreds of them that are each forked into three nasty prongs. Such is the grotesque mouth of the frilled shark, surely one of the more bizarre sharks in the ocean.
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15 Million Years. The World’s Most Well-Preserved, Extinct Snaggletooth Shark Unearthed During a Backyard Dig.

15 Million Years. The World’s Most Well-Preserved, Extinct Snaggletooth Shark Unearthed During a Backyard Dig. | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Hemipristis elongatus (Snaggletooth shark)  - The only living relative to the extinct H. Serra. Illustration by Ann Hecht © What started as a fun, amateur archaeological dig during construction at ...
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The World Has Spoken: It’s Time For SeaWorld To Change Or Close Its Doors.

The World Has Spoken: It’s Time For SeaWorld To Change Or Close Its Doors. | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
For the love of animals. Pass it on.
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Felicite Joseph Grajille's curator insight, November 20, 5:38 PM

The one and not only lonely......SOLITAIRE too among others.....

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“Project Rover” Finds Two World War II Aircraft - Archaeology Magazine

“Project Rover” Finds Two World War II Aircraft - Archaeology Magazine | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it

NEWARK, DELAWARE—Last March, a team of researchers and volunteers found two planes that had crashed into the Pacific Ocean near the Republic of Palau during the fierce fighting of World War II.

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Beautiful Polar Photos Tell a Haunting Story About Climate Change | WIRED

Beautiful Polar Photos Tell a Haunting Story About Climate Change | WIRED | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
When Camille Seaman started photographing icebergs and other arctic wonders, she wasn’t thinking about climate change. She simply found the frozen landscape and white vistas visually stunning. Still, you can’t help but associate her images with the ongoing conversation about climate change. Seaman, 45, says she too sees her work as directly connected and aptly…
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