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More than 1.5 billion face masks to pollute oceans, will take 450 years to break down

"Single-use face masks are made from a variety of meltblown plastics and are difficult to recycle due to both composition and risk of contamination and infection."

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The Strange and Gruesome Story of the Greenland Shark, the Longest-Living Vertebrate on Earth

Using carbon dating and a new method involving proteins in the lens of the eye, Danish scientists have unraveled the mystery of how long Greenland sharks live.

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A simple burst of bubbles is keeping this canal clear of plastic

In Amsterdam, the Great Bubble Barrier is a simple solution to plastic pollution: creating an invisible barrier that helps collect the trash that ends up in the water.

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Dolphins May Be Able to Control Their Heart Rates

Along with other marine mammals, and even humans, dolphins slow their heart rate before a dive.

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Megalodons, the Ocean’s Most Ferocious Prehistoric Predators, Raised Their Young in Nurseries

Fossils shed light on how these sharks were raised and what led to their ultimate demise

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Atlantic Ocean now hottest in 3,000 years as scientists warn of ‘storms and mass extinction’

The past decade has seen the Atlantic Ocean at its hottest temperatures in three thousand years... A new study found recent spikes in temperature go well beyond natural patterns.

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Underwater Meadows of Seagrass Could Be the Ideal Carbon Sinks

Many ecosystems absorb and store vast amounts of carbon dioxide, and seagrass is one of the most efficient natural carbon storage environments.

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Why Has No One Seen a Whale Shark Give Birth?

A world-first ultrasound and chance sightings of potential mating rituals could help in the urgent work to save these gentle giants from extinction.

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Scientists found the cleanest air on Earth, and it’s nowhere near you

Thanks to some quirks of the global climate and weather patterns, the clouds over the Southern Ocean around Antarctica are pristine.

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Activists raise alarms over virus litter

A French environmental group is finding this virus-era detritus littering the Mediterranean floor and is trying to raise awareness and clean it up.

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Humpback Whale Population Bounces Back From Near-Extinction—From Just 450, to Over 25,000

Conservationists are rejoicing after new research showed that whales in the South Atlantic have rebounded from the brink of extinction.

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Cutting the kill count

The ultimate goal of CITES listings is fewer dead sharks and rays. That means hard work globally to implement trade regulations. A major new SCF-funded program will plays key role.

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How Big Oil and Big Soda kept a global environmental calamity a secret for decades

Every human on Earth is ingesting nearly 2,000 particles of plastic a week. These tiny pieces enter our unwitting bodies from tap water, food, and even the air...

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Even in the middle of a pandemic, Seth Bloomgarden is focused on our coastal environment

Here’s how the longtime waterman, adventurer and athlete is keeping the surf culture alive at home.

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Earth's oceans are hotter than ever — and getting warmer faster

The world's oceans hit their warmest level in recorded history in 2019.

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Nearly $1 million worth of shark fins seized by wildlife inspectors in Florida

Due to the shark fin soup trade, shark populations such as hammerhead and oceanic whitetip, have declined by more than 90%, a 2018 study in Marine Policy reported.

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Coral bleaching: Scientists 'find way to make coral more heat-resistant'

Scientists in Australia say they have found a way to help coral reefs fight the devastating effects of bleaching by making them more heat-resistant.

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Environmental group volunteers stranded in coral reef coronavirus castaway drama

Natalie Poole arrived to help protect Myanmar's Kyun Pila island coral reef, but then coronavirus hit.

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White sharks and whale sharks are among the species at risk of extinction over the next century

Great whites and whale sharks are among the species at risk of extinction over the next century, a new study has found.

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This researcher created an algorithm that removes the water from underwater images

Why do all the pictures you take underwater look blandly blue-green? The answer has to do with how light travels through water.

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The Biggest Exporters of Plastic Waste in the World

Plastic waste, which is still imported by some countries for recycling, has been making headlines recently after China decided to prohibit its import amid environmental concerns.

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Planet Earth

Do you know when the world will run out of seafood? Find shocking environmental facts and statistics on everything from child labor and slavery to toxic waste and climate change.

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Coral Reefs - Fast Facts

Coral reefs are essential to healthy coasts and vibrant economies, playing a critical role in everything from protecting lives and property to supporting thousands of businesses.

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Giant Floating Solar Farms Could Make Fuel and Help Solve the Climate Crisis, Says Study

Millions of solar panels clustered together to form an island could convert carbon dioxide in seawater into methanol, which can fuel airplanes and trucks.

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Fishing gear to blame for majority of plastic pollution in ocean

Think of marine plastic pollution and the image of a sea turtle stuck in a six-pack ring may leap to mind. Or in more recent days, the hotly contested plastic straw.

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Great Pacific Garbage Patch threatens seabird population in Hawaii

Midway is at the center of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a vast area of floating plastic collected by circulating oceanic currents.

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See the First Playable Record Made from Recycled Ocean Plastic

Sharp’s Brewery, Nick Mulvey, Keynvor and vinyl manufacturer Tangible Formats have teamed up to create the first record composed of recycled single-use plastic.

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Costa Rica Plans To Be The First Plastic-Free AND Carbon-Free Country In The World By 2021

Costa Rica is one of the top 5 of countries in the world leading the way in renewable resources. It might be tiny but it has a huge impact environmentally.

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This island paradise is made entirely from plastic

French entrepreneur Eric Becker hopes to inspire people to recycle more — one plastic bottle at a time. See his stunning island creation, made entirely of waste he has collected.

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The Surfrider Foundation Miami Transformed Nikki Beach

The Surfrider Foundation celebrated a tropical evening highlighting and celebrating local environmental game-changers who protect what we love- our oceans, beaches and waves.

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Conservation Spotlight: Shark Allies

Started in Hawaii by a dedicated team of divers, Shark Allies has become a key player in protecting sharks in the U.S. and worldwide with campaigns centered on the shark fin trade.

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The coffee cup gets a radical, desperately needed redesign

Unocups, the brainchild of a product designer and an architect, are able to hold hot liquids without the use of a conventional plastic lid.

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