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  • Marine Conservation Team Blue Seals Barred from Gulf Oil Spill Areas

    During one of the worst oil spill disasters in our history, a rapid response team of marine conservation experts, the Blue Seals, has been barred from documenting the effects of the deepwater oil spill by BP and US government officials. According to the Blue Seals, their efforts have been hampered by a “virtual oil curtain” […] More

  • Offshore Drilling Moratorium Only Verbal, Permits Continue

    We’re now witnessing one of the worst marine environmental disasters ever, and yet the political posturing coming from Washington D.C. continues to be based on lip service and empty promises. The Secretary of the Department of Interior, Ken Salazar, announced a moratorium on the issuance of final permits for “any new offshore drilling activity” on […] More

  • Petition Seeks Endangered Species Status for Bluefin Tuna

    The Bluefin tuna, already under serious pressure due to overfishing in the North Atlantic, is being threatened by the oil disaster now playing out in the Gulf of Mexico, which is the spawning habitat for the western Bluefin. The Center for Biological Diversity has filed a formal petition to protect this imperiled species under the […] More

  • Clay + Coffee Grounds + Cow Dung = Open Source Water Filters

    Imagine taking a hunk of clay, some coffee grounds, and some cow dung, and turning it into an effective water filter, ensuring clean drinking water for people across the globe. That’s the idea behind Abundant Water, and they’re teaching Lao villagers to make and use these water filters for their health and economic well being. […] More

  • Laundry + Bicycle = Bicilavadora

    Washing laundry is a difficult time-consuming task in the developing world, and doing laundry in open streams or lakes can add to water pollution. The task also falls solely on women – 8 hours a week is typically spent washing each piece of the family’s clothing and then wringing them out by hand. Washing machines […] More

  • Brazil Approves Enormous Hydroelectric Dam in Heart of Amazon

    Brazil has approved an environmental license for the construction of a huge hydroelectric dam in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, bringing criticism from environmentalists for potential damage to the river basin and displacing indigenous peoples, even though the project is touted as a carbon neutral way to meet the region’s power needs. According to […] More

  • Tilapia Takes a Toll on Fiji’s Native Fish

    The native fish of the waterways of Fiji are battling an invasive species, one advocated by many sustainable fish farming proponents: tilapia. A new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society found that streams with tilapia contained 11 fewer species of native fishes than those without, leading to speculation that the introduced species may be feeding […] More

  • Analysis Finds Hundreds of Pollutants in U.S. Tap Water

    An analysis of 20 million tap water quality tests (from water utilities) over the last five years in the U.S. was undertaken by Environmental Working Group (EWG), and found 316 contaminants in water provided for public consumption. Of those contaminants, only 114 of them have enforceable standards from the Environmental Protection Agency EPA). “The nation’s […] More

  • Bournemouth, Europe’s First Artificial Reef, Enhances Ecology and Surfing

    Europe’s first artificial reef, at Boscombe Seafront, is now officially open. Bournemouth Reef is part of a larger redevelopment scheme to regenerate and revitalize the area. A local Economic Impact Assessment has suggested that the reef will create a value of Β£10 million per year, generating a huge stimulus for equipment retailing, surf training schools, […] More

  • Rocket Science Investigates Sonar’s Effect on Whales

    How does the use of mid-frequency sonar by the world’s navies affect marine mammals? Rocket science may help biologists to understand the effects of these systems by allowing them to virtually look inside the head of whales. An industrial sized X-ray scanner, the same kind that NASA uses for detecting flaws in solid fuel rockets, […] More

  • Silver Nanoparticles Can Mutate and Kill Fish Embryos

    Nanoparticles of silver are in more than 200 different products on the market as anti-microbial agents, but scientists are now questioning whether the practice is safe for our environmental and personal health. Nanoparticles, silver in particular, get washed down the drain and into our waterways, exposing fish and other aquatic life and raising big concerns […] More

  • Lake Mead Poisoned by Invasive Quagga Mussels

    An invasive species, the quagga mussel, is to blame for a slew of environmental damages in Lake Mead, Nevada, ranging from clogging the Hoover dam’s cooling pipes to starving local fish populations and poisoning the water with concentrated toxins and heavy metals. The mussels are also creating an ideal habitat for deadly cyanobacteria as they […] More

  • project BLUE: It’s Not a Charity, It’s a Plan of Action

    The health of our oceans is not only important for environmental reasons, it’s essential for recreational reasons as well. And what sport will be impacted the most by the state of the oceans? Surfing, most likely. What can the average ocean sports lover do to work toward a healthy ocean environment? Probably the best way […] More

  • Scientists Support Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Trade Ban

    Scientists with the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) say that the Atlantic bluefin tuna meets criteria for an international trade ban, due to an extreme decline in the stock of the popular sushi fish. Groups working for sustainable fisheries, such as Greenpeace and WWF, support the commission’s statement. “What’s needed to […] More

  • Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for Clean Water: Summit on the Summit

    Every day, 4,000 children in developing countries die from illness and disease related to unsafe drinking water. Clean water for all is an extremely important mission in our world, and a variety of organizations are actively working toward that goal. One event that may help to grab the attention of people in developed countries is […] More

  • Overpopulation To Blame For Southeastern U.S. Water Shortages

    Water shortages in the southeastern U.S. during the last two years were due to the skyrocketing population growth in the area, not just the drought, says a new study from Columbia University researchers. Some state’s populations, such as Georgia’s, jumped almost 50% in only 17 years, putting pressure on local water supplies and increasing the […] More

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    Philadelphia Pledges $1.6 Billion for Storm Water Infrastructure Overhaul

    Instead of sending all of its storm water straight down the sewer and into the river as quickly as possible, Philadelphia is re-imagining itself as a leader in urban water management. The city is planning to spend $1.6 billion over the next 20 years to overhaul its methods of dealing with the billions of gallons […] More

  • Floating Waterwheel Could Revolutionize Micro Hydroelectric Power Generation

    A new hydroelectric device, the Hydro-Electric Barrel (HEB) could bring renewable power generation as close as the nearest flowing water, making micro-hydro a reality for many who live near streams and rivers. The inventors claim it to be both efficient and cost-effective, as well as being less intrusive to the environment than other hydroelectric solutions. […] More

  • New Self-Contained Portable Wastewater System To Treat Military Waste

    A professor of engineering has created a new portable water reclamation system which could radically change the way the military deals with its wastewater at forwarding operating bases and has potential for deployment during civil emergencies. The wastewater system, built into a repurposed shipping container, is highly efficient, low power, and low maintenance. “Currently, human […] More

  • Study Reveals 30% of Showerheads Harboring Pathogens

    Your showerhead is probably one of the last things to suspect as being potentially harmful, but that’s what a new study shows: showerheads can and do harbor pathogens, which may be making you sick. 30% of the showerheads sampled in a recent study had high levels of Mycobacterium avium, which is linked to pulmonary disease. […] More

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    Man Installs 20,000 Gallon Rainwater Harvesting System in Backyard

    Many of us living in dry areas work to try to save our precious rainwater, but a California man is taking it to the extreme with his backyard rainwater harvesting system, capable of collecting and holding up to 20,000 gallons each year. His goal is to be able to store enough water during the rainy […] More

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    Rare Micro-Algae Takes Over Caribbean Corals as Sea Temperatures Rise

    A team of biologists from Penn State found a rare species of algae proliferating in Caribbean corals as sea surface temperatures rose, displacing the coral’s own more-sensitive algae. The researchers observed the algae during a period in 2005 when Caribbean Ocean temperatures rose several degrees, stressing the corals. The rare algae, called Symbiodinium trenchi, is […] More

  • Australian Government: World Killing the Great Barrier Reef

    A new report from the Australian government shows that the country’s own proposed carbon emissions target will kill the Great Barrier Reef along with hundreds of marine species and the livelihoods of those communities who depend upon it for survival. The peer-reviewed Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report also states that an average global temperature rise […] More

  • The Story of the Last Great Supply of Fresh Water on Earth

    Name this place: It has the third largest industrial economy in the world. It contains 22% of the world’s fresh surface water. It has 35,000 islands, and is sometimes referred to as the “Third Coast” of the U.S.. 35 million people depend on it for their survival. And it’s nearing “irreversible collapse”. The place I’m […] More

  • Scotland Offers Β£10 Million Prize for Wave Energy Innovation

    In order to harness Scotland’s immense marine energy resources and achieve a renewable energy target of 50% of electricity generated through renewable sources by 2020, the country has put its money where its mouth is. The Saltire Prize is a Β£10 million prize challenge for advances in wave and tidal energy in Scottish waters, and […] More

  • Industrial Feedlot Water Use Threatens Family Farmers in Washington

    A group of family farmers in Washington state have filed a lawsuit with the Washington State Department of Ecology in a bid to stop plans for a huge industrial feedlot (up to 30,000 head of cattle) which will pump a million gallons of groundwater per day and threaten the livelihood of dryland wheat farmers in […] More

  • Inexpensive Arsenic Filtration System Uses Cattails, Aquatic Weeds

    An environmental and civil engineer has developed an inexpensive arsenic filtration system that uses aquatic plants, namely cattails, to remove poisonous arsenic from drinking water, which could improve the health of millions in countries around the world whose local water supplies are naturally contaminated with the toxic substance. An estimated 57 million people are drinking […] More

  • Traitor Joe’s: Greenpeace Rates Trader Joe’s Unsustainable Seafood Policies

    The environmental watchdog Greenpeace has gone after Trader Joe’s with a snarky campaign called Traitor Joe’s, complete with a website, a Traitor Joe’s Twitter account, and a singing fish telegram for consumers to let the company know how they feel about the store’s unsustainable seafood policies. According to the latest Sustainable Seafood Scorecard from Greenpeace, […] More

  • Whales Caught as Incidental Bycatch Threaten Coastal Populations

    The number of whales killed and sold as ‘incidental bycatch’ along the coasts of Japan and South Korea may equal the amount of whales caught through legal whaling, threatening populations of minke, western gray, humpbacks, fin whales, and Bryde’s whales. “The sale of bycatch alone supports a lucrative trade in whale meat at markets in […] More

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