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Ocean Pollution

Oceanic Coal Pollution, Epic Rate

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 08.11.2014 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

Each year, the lion's share of mercury poison comes from burning more than 8.3 billion tons of coal to provide energy for electricity grids. As a result of this insatiable addiction to coal, mercury toxicity has tripled in our oceans to over 80,000 tons of poison. Eighty-four percent of fish tested are laced with methyl-mercury.

Study: Oceans More Tainted With Man-Made Mercury

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 08.07.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) — In much of the world's oceans, levels of the metal mercury are double to triple what they were before the industrial revolution, a...

Study: Plastic Debris Widespread On Ocean Surface

AP | By MALCOLM RITTER | Posted 07.01.2014 | Green

NEW YORK (AP) — Plastic junk is floating widely on the world's oceans, but there's less of it than expected, a study says. Such ocean...

Humans Are Leaving Their Mark On The Planet In The Worst Way Possible

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 06.19.2014 | Green

Humans will now be forever inscribed into the Earth's geological history. Our everlasting signature? Plastic-infused stones. The newly identified s...

This Ocean Art Is Beautiful And Horrifying At The Same Time

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 05.31.2014 | Green

They’re beautiful from a distance -- and appalling upon closer inspection. A styrofoam coral reef, a water bottle jelly fish and a plastic whale ...

Here's Another Reason To Worry About Melting Arctic Ice

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 05.29.2014 | Green

Melting ice sheets could spell disaster for coastal towns, but sea level rise is not the only threat Arctic thawing poses. In a new study published...

Living in a Plastic World

Marc Ross | Posted 06.10.2014 | Green
Marc Ross

Supporting our culture of convenience is a pervasive material that, while seemingly harmless in our car's cup holders, actually does so much damage to our planet. But it is not an issue to be taken lightly anymore.

Search for Missing Plane Distracts From Bigger Environmental Concerns

David Dietz | Posted 06.10.2014 | Green
David Dietz

With each potential discovery our hopes were raised only for the authorities and the media to casually inform us the debris or oil slicks were not from a plane but sea trash and oil slicks. The media's nonchalance and our societal indifference is hardly surprising but astoundingly scary.

The Farallon Islands Mouse Eradication Project: The 'Con' in Conservation

Maggie Sergio | Posted 03.09.2014 | Green
Maggie Sergio

If this 1.3 metric ton poison drop is allowed to move forward, thousands of wild animals will be inhumanely poisoned, and in turn, those killed become a poisoned food source for other animals.

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.

'It's Like Having A Heart Artery Obstructed'

AP | DANICA COTO | Posted 11.06.2013 | Green

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Volunteers wore surgical gloves, many afraid to touch the water, as they picked through tangle...

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.

The Weirdest Item Found On The Jersey Shore

AP | WAYNE PARRY | Posted 12.22.2012 | Green

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — Autumn at the Jersey shore means the crowds have gone, the water is cooler — and things like a plastic heel from...

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.

2011 Coastal Cleanup Effort Collects 9 Million Pounds Of Garbage

AP | Posted 05.27.2012 | Green

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Volunteers around the world collected nearly 9 million pounds of cigarettes, bottles and other trash during a coastal cleanup c...