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More Than 170 Trillion Plastic Particles Afloat in Oceans

Scientists have uncovered an alarming increase in plastic pollution in oceans, estimating that more than 170 trillion plastic particles are currently afloat in the world's waters. The research published by the 5 Gyres Institute in the journal Plos One,...

Whale’s Majestic Move Brings Dramatic End to Marine Rescue

A whale’s majestic move has brought a dramatic end to a marine rescue mission off the coast of Texada Island in Western Canada. The mammal was intertwined last Friday in the ropes of a large buoy from prawn-harvesting gear. Canadian officials...

Greenland Ice Melt Raised Sea Level by 10 Inches

Glaciologists who study the seasonal growth and loss of the Greenland Ice Sheet have come to the startling conclusion that even if we stopped burning fossil fuels completely today, it would still lose enough mass on its own to...

The Ocean Will Soon Have More Plastic Than Fish

The United Kingdom's Environmental Investigations Agency (EIA) says that plastic will outweigh fish in the planet's oceans by 2050. The EIA released an environmental report on Tuesday that calls for a treaty to fight the rapid growth in plastic pollution...

Seagrasses Could Hold Secret to Averting Climate Change

Seagrasses, called by one researcher the Earth's "forgotten ecosystem," could hep us stave off further climate change if they are protected, as they ought to be all around the oceans and seas of the world. As some of the oldest...

Thousands of Shipping Containers Carrying Millions in Cargo Lost in Sea Annually

Shipping containers which are lost to the sea continue to pose a safety threat according to the World Shipping Council. 

The Many Perils of Mining the Seas

  By Elizabeth De Santo, Elizabeth Mendenhall and Elizabeth Nyman Mining the ocean floor for submerged minerals is a little-known, experimental industry. But soon it will take place on the deep seabed, which belongs to everyone, according to international law. Seabed mining...