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2011-02-17 13:44:55

The U.N.'s environmental watchdog warned on Thursday that tons of throw-away plastic and massive runoff from chemical fertilizer are choking the world's oceans. The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) said in its annual Year Book report that the two sources of pollution threaten biodiversity, harm water quality, poison fish stocks and undermine coastal tourism. The report, which was released ahead of a key meeting next week of environment ministers in Nairobi, highlights the need to...

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2011-02-16 09:21:47

Study helps to establish a new method to estimate rainfall in remote ocean areas A study by scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science suggests a new way to estimate how much of the ocean's pollution is falling from the sky. The new findings can help improve scientific understanding of how toxic airborne chemicals, from the burning of fossil fuels and industrial power plants emissions, are impacting the oceans globally. By measuring...

2011-01-14 18:59:47

The Estero de Domingo Rubio wetland, located near the Marismas del Odiel Natural Area in the Huelva estuary, is regionally, nationally and internationally protected thanks to its ecological value. However, its tributary rivers and the Ría de Huelva estuary pump manmade pollutants into it, which could affect its water quality and ecosystem. Industrial activity, accumulations of dangerous waste, the expansion of farming, and excessive extraction of sand and gravel for the...

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2011-01-05 07:25:00

There is a lot of plastic trash floating in the Pacific Ocean, but claims that the "Great Garbage Patch" between California and Japan is twice the size of Texas are grossly exaggerated, according to an analysis by an Oregon State University scientist. Further claims that the oceans are filled with more plastic than plankton, and that the patch has been growing tenfold each decade since the 1950s are equally misleading, pointed out Angelicque "Angel" White, an assistant professor of...

2010-12-07 05:00:00

6 Acclaimed Artists Including Raymond Pettibon Donate Proceeds to Benefit the Plastic Pollution Coalition LOS ANGELES, Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Six artists with a shared passion for protecting the earth and ocean- Raymond Pettibon, Pam Longobardi, Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang, Dianna Cohen and Lila Roo - have generously donated five works, with proceeds to benefit the work of the Plastic Pollution Coalition. (Logo:...

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2010-11-04 12:30:00

According to researchers studying the impacts of debris on marine life, one in three loggerhead turtles in the Adriatic Sea has plastic in its intestine. The shallow waters in the Adriatic Sea are an important place for the turtles to feed as they develop into adults. However, the seafloor there is one of the most polluted in Europe. Researchers studied the bodies of dead sea turtles that had been stranded or accidentally caught by fishing vessels. The team found that animals ranging from...

2010-10-29 05:30:00

LONG BEACH, Calif., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- High school students throughout the United States and from as far away as Brazil, Chile, Denmark, Germany, India, Indonesia, New Zealand, Uganda, the United Kingdom, Tanzania, and Zambia are answering Algalita Marine Research Foundation's invitation to participate in the "2011 Plastics Are Forever International Youth Summit" by busily formulating their proposals outlining action-oriented solutions to reduce plastic waste in their home...

2010-10-29 01:00:00

LONDON, October 29, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Global shipping is causing damage to the marine environment estimated at EUR13 billion ($18 billion) annually, according to environmental charity The Going Blue Foundation. This is the first time a cost has been attributed to the reparation expense of all pollution caused solely by commercial shipping and cruises. The figure was arrived at using the Acquatrail formula(c) devised by Marine Positive. Marine Positive advises municipalities and...

2010-10-05 19:03:26

Under the Water Framework Directive (WFD) (Directive 2000/60/CE), member states are required to achieve Good Water Status for water (continental, estuarine, subterranean and coastal water bodies) in Europe by 2015. Surface water quality is assessed taking into account the ecological and chemical status. The quality of aquatic systems is more accurately assessed using the status of both the water column and the underlying sediment. A recent study by researchers of AZTI-Tecnalia concluded that...

2010-06-10 12:41:00

Museum Makes History and Brings Current Science to North Texas FORT WORTH, Texas, June 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History (FWMSH) brings current, international science to the forefront as it offers children from the region the opportunity to speak directly to the crew of the Plastiki, a 60-foot catamaran engineered from recyclable materials and 12,500 reclaimed plastic soda bottles that is sailing the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco to Sydney. The...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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