The biggest likely source of microplastics in California coastal waters? Our car tires (Los Angeles Times)
October 2, 2019

Driving is not just an air pollution and climate change problem — turns out, it just might be the largest contributor of microplastics in California coastal waters. That is one of many new findings, released Wednesday, from the most comprehensive study to …

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The World’s Oceans Are in Danger, Major Climate Change Report Warns (The New York Times)
September 25, 2019

Earth’s oceans are under severe strain from climate change, a major new United Nations report warns, which threatens everything from the ability to harvest seafood to the well-being of hundreds of millions of people living along the coasts. Rising temperatures …

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Ocean robots take the pulse of our planet by measuring microbes (The Los Angeles Times)
September 18, 2019

It looks like a trashcan bobbing in the waters off the California coast. But it’s hardly garbage. In fact, it may play a key role in monitoring the health of our oceans. The vital signs? The health of the seas’ …

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AltaSea: Trending – September 11, 2019
September 11, 2019

A monthly round-up of news and trends important to the AltaSea community. MARINE SCIENCE NOAA Develops A New Type of Coral Nursery (NOAA) When a ship grounds on coral reef, the accident can severely damage the reef and scatter countless …

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This is what it’s like to swim through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (National Geographic)
August 22, 2019

Roughly a thousand miles southwest of San Francisco, Ben Lecomte, a 52-year-old French long-distance swimmer, is exploring one of the ocean’s most polluted places. It’s day 71 of his 80-day swim across the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a swirling repository …

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