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US Navy study raises estimate of marine mammal casualties due to sonar and explosives

By the Associated Press The U.S. Navy may hurt more dolphins and whales by using sonar and explosives in Hawaii and California under a more thorough analysis that reflects new research and covers naval activities in a wider area than previous studies. The Navy estimates its use of explosives and sonar may unintentionally cause more … Continue reading US Navy study raises estimate of marine mammal casualties due to sonar and explosives

Pacific garbage patch 100x larger than in 1972; fish ingest up to 24,000 tons of plastic each year

By University of California, San Diego A 100-fold upsurge in human-produced plastic garbage in the ocean is altering habitats in the marine environment, according to a new study led by a graduate student researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. In 2009 an ambitious group of graduate students led the Scripps Environmental … Continue reading Pacific garbage patch 100x larger than in 1972; fish ingest up to 24,000 tons of plastic each year

32 Yangtze finless porpoises wash up dead, leaving the population close to extinction

By Jeremy Hance / Mongabay Six years after the Yangtze river dolphin (Lipotes vexillifer), or baiji, was declared “functionally extinct” by scientists, another marine mammal appears on the edge of extinction in China’s hugely degraded Yangtze River. In less than two months, 32 Yangtze finless porpoises (Neophocaena asiaeorientalis asiaeorientalis), a subspecies of the finless porpoise, … Continue reading 32 Yangtze finless porpoises wash up dead, leaving the population close to extinction

Communication towers kill nearly 7 million birds in North America each year

By Eddie North-Hager / University of Southern California Every year nearly 7 million birds die as they migrate from the United States and Canada to Central and South America, according to a new USC study published on April 25 in the journal PLoS ONE. The birds are killed by the 84,000 communication towers that dot … Continue reading Communication towers kill nearly 7 million birds in North America each year

BP oil spill pollution producing mutated fish, shrimp without eyes, and crabs with soft shells

By Dahr Jamail / Al Jazeera “The fishermen have never seen anything like this,” Dr Jim Cowan told Al Jazeera. “And in my 20 years working on red snapper, looking at somewhere between 20 and 30,000 fish, I’ve never seen anything like this either.” Dr Cowan, with Louisiana State University’s Department of Oceanography and Coastal … Continue reading BP oil spill pollution producing mutated fish, shrimp without eyes, and crabs with soft shells

NOAA evaluation finds that three herbicides are threatening endangered salmon populations

By Jill Ettinger / Organic Authority West Coast salmon, an already threatened species, are the victim of a new, potentially detrimental threat according to a recent evaluation conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service. NOAA’s Fisheries Services identified the culprits as three pesticides commonly used in more than 100 pesticide products for … Continue reading NOAA evaluation finds that three herbicides are threatening endangered salmon populations

Oil exploration technique probable cause for 3,000+ dolphin deaths off coast of Peru

By New Zealand Herald The death of about 3000 dolphins on a stretch of Peruvian coast in recent months is being blamed on a controversial oil exploration technique. However other experts are not convinced, and believe a virus or pathogen may be responsible for one of the largest dolphin die-offs recorded. So far this year, … Continue reading Oil exploration technique probable cause for 3,000+ dolphin deaths off coast of Peru

Absence of large predatory mammals reduces biodiversity and contributes to deforestation

By Oregon State University A survey on the loss in the Northern Hemisphere of large predators, particularly wolves, concludes that current populations of moose, deer, and other large herbivores far exceed their historic levels and are contributing to disrupted ecosystems. The research, published today by scientists from Oregon State University, examined 42 studies done over … Continue reading Absence of large predatory mammals reduces biodiversity and contributes to deforestation

Diseased dolphins, contaminated zooplankton, and dead coral: the legacies of the BP oil spill

By Peter Beaumont / The Guardian A new study of dolphins living close to the site of North America’s worst ever oil spill – the BP Deepwater Horizon catastrophe two years ago – has established serious health problems afflicting the marine mammals. The report, commissioned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA], found that … Continue reading Diseased dolphins, contaminated zooplankton, and dead coral: the legacies of the BP oil spill

Studies link common pesticides to 50% decline in honeybee populations

By Damian Carrington / The Guardian Common crop pesticides have been shown for the first time to seriously harm bees by damaging their renowned ability to navigate home. The new research strongly links the pesticides to the serious decline in honey bee numbers in the US and UK – a drop of around 50% in … Continue reading Studies link common pesticides to 50% decline in honeybee populations