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Why polar bears at sea have higher pollution levels than those staying on land

As the climate changes, myriad animal populations are being impacted. In particular, Arctic sea-ice is in decline, causing polar bears in the Barents Sea region to alter their feeding and hunting habits. Bears that follow sea-ice to offshore areas have higher pollutant levels than those staying on land — but why? A new study reports the likely reasons.

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Mystery of how early animals survived ice age

How did life survive the most severe ice age? A team has found the first direct evidence that glacial meltwater provided a crucial lifeline to eukaryotes during Snowball Earth, when the oceans were cut off from life-giving oxygen, answering a question puzzling scientists for years.

No, Venice Isn’t Flooding Due To Climate Change

Venice is flooded – again – and the mayor Luigi Brugnaro is blaming climate change. This has become the standard dog-ate-my-homework excuse for desperate politicians and administrators who want to dodge their responsibilities while simultaneously attracting media sympathy and aid money….

What vision do we have for the deep sea?

(Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS)) The ocean hosts an inconceivable wealth of marine life, most of which remains unknown. International plans to mine minerals from the deep seafloor threaten this biodiversity hotspot. States are currently seeking to develop a legal framework for deep seabed mining. An international team of researchers from the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies has published a study warning against a rush to exploit deep seafloor resources and calling for coordinated efforts to develop alternative approaches.

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Callum Roberts: ‘Sharks do bite people, they do kill people, but it’s more error than intention’

Callum Roberts is professor of marine conservation at York University and was chief scientific adviser on Blue Planet 2. His new book, Reef Life, details a life spent in the oceans studying the marine ecosystem. How was your first dive?It…

How Scientists Got Climate Change So Wrong – The New York Times

For decades, most scientists saw climate change as a distant prospect. We now know that thinking was wrong. This summer, for instance, a heat wave in Europe penetrated the Arctic, pushing temperatures into the 80s across much of the Far…

Safeguarding our water supply

(University of Delaware) University of Delaware environmental engineer Chin-Pao Huang has been studying ways to remove perchlorate from drinking water for nearly a decade. Now, Huang and Po-Yen Wang, a former doctoral student, have patented a novel membrane that can selectively filter perchlorate from drinking water.