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Microplastics in the Azores by Peter Charaf

Washing our Hands of Microbeads

There are nearly 3 trillion microbeads flushed down the drain every single year, polluting our lakes, rivers and oceans. Once these microbeads are in...
Beluga whales in the pack ice in West Greenland. Ships using the Northwest Passage would travel through Baffin Bay off Greenland's west coast.

Which marine mammals are most at risk from increased Arctic ship traffic?

The most vulnerable marine mammals were found to be narwhals. These animals migrate through parts of the Northwest Passage to and from their summertime habitats.

Preserving deep-sea natural heritage

Human activity in the deep sea is extending ever deeper, with recent research showing that this environment is more sensitive to human and natural...

Arctic Sea Ice Reaches 2009 Low

The Arctic sea ice cover appears to have reached its minimum extent for the year, the third-lowest recorded since satellites began measuring sea ice...

Environmentalists condemn Danish dredging in marine protected areas

Danish government approves dredging in marine reserve, to environmental organisation's dismay: it will take years for bottom dwelling creatures to recover.

Lotus Leaves inspire Net that could Clean Oil Spills

Scientists develop mesh that captures oil but lets water through and could help clean oil spills. The work was partly inspired by lotus leaves, whose bumpy surfaces naturally repel water but not oil.

Ocean Clean-Up System Launches for Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Ocean Cleanup device heads for great Pacific garbage patch. Propelled by wind and waves, it to passively catches and concentrates plastic debris in front of it.

Making Marine Protected Areas Work for Everyone

The establishment of marine protected areas is often viewed as a conflict between conservation and fishing. A new study in the journal Conservation Biology,...
Bullethead Parrotfish, Chlorurus sordidus

Fish mucous cocoons: the mosquito nets of the sea

Researchers have found that fish have developed their own mosquito nets in order to get a good night's sleep.
oysters

Oyster Reef Decrease Ocean Acidification

Scientists have identified many benefits for restoring oyster reefs to Chesapeake Bay and other coastal ecosystems. Oysters filter and clean the water, provide habitat...