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My Labor of Love

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Colleen Rankin is a debris cleanup veteran. She lives in Blue Fox Bay, Alaska. Colleen regularly hauls debris from miles away back to her home, where she re-uses whatever she can and stores the res...
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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 1:08 PM

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 10:32 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, 2015 11:05 PM

Needs to be nation-wide.

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Burrowing hard corals occurring on the sea floor since 80 million years ago

Burrowing hard corals occurring on the sea floor since 80 million years ago | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
We describe a previously unknown niche for hard corals in the small, bowl-shaped, solitary scleractinian, Deltocyathoides orientalis (Family Turbinoliidae), on soft-bottom substrates.
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Cuba: A Great Place To Go Scuba Diving

Cuba: A Great Place To Go Scuba Diving | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
With so many scuba diving options, going diving in Cuba is highly recommend! In Guardalavaca, on the East side of Cuba, there are 26 different dive sites.
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Scientists say oil exploration offshore could doom rare right whales

Scientists say oil exploration offshore could doom rare right whales | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Seismic blasts searching for oil and natural gas offshore could mean the end of the critically endangered right whale, a group of leading researchers has told President Barack Obama.
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Generation Z to Alpha: the ocean cannot wait another 20 years for our protection

Generation Z to Alpha: the ocean cannot wait another 20 years for our protection | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
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News: SeaWorld Refuses Orca Retirement In Order To Keep Making Money Off Of Them

News: SeaWorld Refuses Orca Retirement In Order To Keep Making Money Off Of Them | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
SeaWorld’s refusal to consider retirement of captive orca whales to sea pen sanctuaries is based on the commercial gain associated with retaining orcas at their facilities rather than on a factual evaluation of sea sanctuary retirement.
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Endangered sharks sold at China fish market causes anger

Endangered sharks sold at China fish market causes anger | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Photos of endangered hammerhead sharks piled up for sale at a fish market in Sanya, Hainan Province on April 9 went viral on Chinese social media at the weekend. @ http://gbtimes.com/life/endangered-sharks-sold-china-fish-market-causes-anger
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To touch or not to touch

To touch or not to touch | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
A recent discussion ensued on Google+ recently with a photograph of a dive guide interacting with marine life. He was kissing a Scorpion Fish. It was interesting in so much as it made me reflect on how I've developed since my first tentative steps into diving 15 odd years ago. Shortly after training I dived…
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Managing Stress in Diving | X-Ray Mag

Managing Stress in Diving | X-Ray Mag | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
We have become “conditioned” to stress being a negative issue, and of course “distress” is extremely negative and often debilitating.
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FACT SHEET: What Climate Change Means for Your Health and Family

FACT SHEET: What Climate Change Means for Your Health and Family | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Obama Administration Releases Scientific Assessment on Impact of Climate Change to Human Health in the United States
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Arctic Wildlife: Get to Know the Polar Cod

Arctic Wildlife: Get to Know the Polar Cod | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Join us as we dive into the chilly waters of the Arctic. Our blog series explores the magnificent (and often overlooked) species living in the Arctic—which you need to know! Read our other blog
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Thousands of reindeer to make annual crossing across N.W.T. ice road today

Thousands of reindeer to make annual crossing across N.W.T. ice road today | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Residents of the Northwest Territories' Mackenzie Delta are in for quite the show Sunday afternoon, as 3,000 reindeer will make the annual crossing of the ice road between the communities of Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk.
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Half a degree extra warming would lead to catastrophic impacts

Half a degree extra warming would lead to catastrophic impacts | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
At the Paris climate summit world leaders agreed to limit global warming to 1.5 or 2°C –  now a study shows that half degree may mean a world of difference
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Ivory smuggling: 9 things you should know | Discover Wildlife

Ivory smuggling: 9 things you should know | Discover Wildlife | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has published a map revealing the locations of 117 ‘large-scale’ (above 500kg) ivory seizures made between 2000 and 2015.
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In the Empty Arctic, How to Get the Job Done?  With A Drone. 

In the Empty Arctic, How to Get the Job Done?  With A Drone.  | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
When the weather is bad and civilization distant, the best way to count sea lions—or survey fires or oil spills—may be an unmanned aircraft.
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'Environmentally friendly moorings' call to protect seahorses off Dorset - BBC News

'Environmentally friendly moorings' call to protect seahorses off Dorset - BBC News | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Fresh calls are made for "environmentally friendly moorings" to be used off the Dorset coast in a bid to increase seahorse population.
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A giant ocean is hidden under the Earth's surface

A giant ocean is hidden under the Earth's surface | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Deep within the Earth's rocky mantle lies oceans' worth of water locked up in a type of mineral called ringwoodite, new research shows.The results of the study will help scientists understand Earth's water cycle, and how plate tectonics moves water between the surface of the planet and interior reservoirs, researchers say.The Earth's mantle is the hot, rocky layer between the planet's core and crust. Scientists have long suspected that the mantle's so-called transition zone, which sits between the upper and lower mantle layers 255 to 410 miles (410 to 660 kilometers) below Earth's surface, could contain water trapped in rare minerals. However, direct evidence for this water has been lacking, until now. To see if the transition zone really is a deep reservoir for water, researchers conducted experiments on water-rich ringwoodite, analyzed seismic waves traveling through the mantle beneath the United States, and studied numerical models. They discovered that downward-flowing mantle material is melting as it crosses the boundary between the transition zone and the lower mantle layer."If we are seeing this melting, then there has to be this water in the transition zone," said Brandon Schmandt, a seismologist at the University of New Mexico and co-author of the new study published today (June 12) in the journal Science. "The transition zone can hold a lot of water, and could potentially have the same amount of H2O [water] as all the world's oceans." (Melting is a way of getting rid of water, which is unstable under conditions in Earth's lower mantle, the researchers said.)Read more: http://www.livescience.com/46292-hidden-ocean-locked-in-earth-mantle.html#ixzz3UIqObCMT
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Florida's staghorn coral makes surprising return

Florida's staghorn coral makes surprising return | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
A surprise discovery along the south Florida coast has revealed dense thickets of a species of coral thought to be disappearing from the region's reefs. More than 38 acres of staghorn coral have been found in patches on the reefs from northern Miami-Dade County to northern Broward County, i
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Antarctica at Risk of Runaway Melting, Scientists Discover

Antarctica at Risk of Runaway Melting, Scientists Discover | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
The world’s greatest reservoir of ice is verging on a breakdown that could push seas to historic heights.
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Four Reasons Why You Should Pay Attention to Sea Level Rise Now

Four Reasons Why You Should Pay Attention to Sea Level Rise Now | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
As global warming continues to rapidly heat up the Eath, the mighty glaciers are rapidly melting, disrupting the natural movement of the water on earth. Researchers say that in 2100, the sea level will rise up to more than six feet, a phenomenon which could flood and submerge major cities in the world.
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Even in a Warming World, It Will Still Snow Somewhere

Even in a Warming World, It Will Still Snow Somewhere | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
If global warming is real, how can it be so cold in my backyard? Hint: That’s weather, not climate.
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How Bad Is Ocean Garbage, Really?

How Bad Is Ocean Garbage, Really? | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
A new paper sifts through past research on marine debris to assess the true extent of the environmental threat.
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Japan's excuse for killing 333 whales in Antarctica is ridiculous

Japan's excuse for killing 333 whales in Antarctica is ridiculous | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
The country claims it's all for "science."
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