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Ocean Pollution

Can Superfund Save This Garbage-Strewn Island?

Miyoko Sakashita | Posted 02.09.2014 | Green
Miyoko Sakashita

We have a responsibility to protect this island -- and, in fact, all ocean habitats -- from the scourge of plastic pollution.

The Price of Polluted Runoff

Sara Aminzadeh | Posted 07.12.2013 | Green
Sara Aminzadeh

Polluted stormwater runoff, a toxic soup of metals, oils and car fluids, bacteria, viruses and other harmful materials, is the number one source of contamination to California's renowned waters.

Why You Should Throw a Fishing Net on Your Floor

OnEarth | Posted 08.20.2013 | Green
OnEarth

By Jason Bittel, OnEarth You've likely never heard of Danajon Bank in the Philippines, but this double barrier reef -- one of only six in the world --...

STUDY: Ocean Litter Miles Deep At One Of California's Most Treasured Locations

The Santa Cruz Sentinel | Jason Hoppin | Posted 08.05.2013 | San Francisco

MOSS LANDING -- Look out across Monterey Bay, and one hardly thinks of a junkyard. But below the surface, decades of garbage have been piling up, a ne...

The (Less Than) Eternal Sea

Lewis Lapham | Posted 08.02.2013 | Green
Lewis Lapham

Nothing in the sea lives by itself, nothing either on the earth or in the air or in the minds of men. To know the sea is mortal is to know that we are not apart from it.

Sustainable Tourism: A Potential Force for Coastal Habitat & Marine Environment Protection

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 05.04.2013 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

Despite the many benefits Oceans are facing vast extinction from multiple stresses according to several marine experts from around the world. Primary threats include: ocean acidification, climate change, ocean pollution, and unsustainable fishing practices.

Where Did Nemo Come From?

Reverend Billy | Posted 04.23.2013 | Green
Reverend Billy

Under the Disney fish in the sky is the acidifying Atlantic, with the living things down in the deep so depleted that the government orders the fishing fleets stay docked.

Making Waves as Ocean Conservancy's New President and CEO

Andreas Merkl | Posted 04.15.2013 | Green
Andreas Merkl

As is the case with many career paths, my journey toward joining Ocean Conservancy as President and CEO is a long and circuitous one, and it begins with a childhood spent playing along the Rhine River in Cologne, Germany.

Centuries-Old Trash Blankets Sydney Harbor

Posted 06.24.2012 | Green

From Mother Nature Network's Russell McLendon: Sydney Harbor is one of the world's most picturesque seaports, renowned for both its natural beauty ...

Protecting Lobsters, Oysters and Seafood One Person at a Time

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 08.06.2012 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

Do you enjoy eating lobster, oysters, seafood, or walking along the seashore and picking-up seashells? If so, then the state of our oceans is going to curtail at least one of your pleasures.

Disturbing News From Under The Sea

| Susanne Rust | Posted 04.30.2012 | Los Angeles

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch By Susanne Rust The cause célèbre of plastic litter in the ocean is the Texas-sized, swi...

Is The Ocean More Trashed Than We Thought?

Posted 04.27.2012 | Green

By Jeanna Bryner, LiveScience Managing Editor: An oceanographer who noticed a disappearing act in which the surface of the ocean went from confetti...

A Lifeline for Sea Life

Miyoko Sakashita | Posted 06.12.2012 | Green
Miyoko Sakashita

Sadly, the ocean's dark transformation has already started. Every hour, a million tons of carbon dioxide spewed from cars, factories and power plants rain down on the world's oceans.

Lynne Peeples

Japan Tsunami Anniversary: Could Tiny Bits Of Plastic In The Ocean Threaten Our Health?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 03.11.2012 | Green

One year after a massive tsunami ravaged the east coast of Japan, much attention is focused on the bottles, refrigerators and other debris washed out ...

PHOTOS: When Plastic Meets Ocean

Posted 12.26.2011 | Green

Captain Charles Moore had an unexpected discovery in 1997. Traveling between Hawaii and California, Moore is said to be the first to document what bec...

Get Lost At The Sea With 'Lillian,' A Folk Opera

Posted 12.17.2011 | Arts

Say goodbye to white gloves, binoculars, Italian belted high notes and viking hats; opera has a new face, complete with a scruffy five o'clock shadow....

BP Finds Success in Reports About Its Failure

Rocky Kistner | Posted 08.30.2011 | Green
Rocky Kistner

BP tweeted the Natural Resources Defense Council's report and said it shows improvements in Gulf coastal areas after being tainted with 170 million gallons of crude. Problem is, that's not what NRDC's report stated.

Protect Our Coral Sea

Isabel Lucas | Posted 08.08.2011 | Green
Isabel Lucas

I've become passionately involved with the Protect Our Coral Sea initiative, which aims to create the largest marine park in the world, free of fishing, oil and gas exploration, and seabed mining.

Questions the Press Needs to Ask About the Gulf Oil Disaster

Rocky Kistner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rocky Kistner

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Feeling Abandoned, Gulf Coast Residents Issue A Call To Arms

Rocky Kistner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rocky Kistner

It was time for Gulf coast community groups to join together -- the Gulf was their lifeblood, and it has been threatened by oil like never before. Without a common voice, fighting those who seem bent on burying this disaster will be a losing battle.

Life in the Gulf Dead Zone

Chris Kromm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Chris Kromm

The already-expanding Gulf Dead Zone presents a uniquely dangerous scenario that many fear poses a long-term threat to ocean life.

Plastic Logic

Wallace J Nichols | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wallace J Nichols

Why not clean up the plastic that can be reached on foot or by kayak, expending no fuel at all? We could hire thousands of young people who are eager for meaningful, outdoor work.

Swimming in a Sea of Acid

Sigourney Weaver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sigourney Weaver

Scientists have known for decades that when carbon dioxide mixes with ocean water it creates an acid, but only recently did they begin to realize what this growing quantity of acid would mean for ocean life.

Protecting the Earth's Blue Heart

Sylvia Earle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sylvia Earle

Obama's new ocean policy task force, launched in June, is exactly what is needed: a coherent national policy based on science and informed by local economic interests.

Planet Ocean: Riding a Green Ship to the Future We Want - Project Kaisei

Mary Liz Thomson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mary Liz Thomson

Hundreds of square miles of ocean, just North West of Hawaii, are covered thick with floating human garbage. The ocean doesn't clean itself.