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Microplastics in agricultural soils: A reason to worry?

Microplastics are increasingly seen as an environmental problem of global proportions. While the focus to date has been on microplastics in the ocean and their effects on marine life, microplastics in soils have largely been overlooked. Researchers are concerned about the lack of knowledge regarding potential consequences of microplastics in agricultural landscapes from application of sewage sludge. Read More

Economic Damages from Nutrient Pollution Create a “Toxic Debt”.

A U.S. analysis of nutrient pollution in freshwater reveals annual losses of at least $4 billion, mostly from dips in lakefront property values and loss of recreational use. Read More

Plant Genes Modified to Fight Pollution

An article on using genetically engineered seedling to remove toxins in soil. Read More

Books on Global Warming

A list of recommended books on global warming and climate change for science, business, and children. Read More

Bridge Ocean Education Teacher Resource Center

The Bridge is a growing collection of the best marine education resources available on-line. It provides educators with a convenient source of accurate and useful information on global, national, and regional marine science topics, and gives researchers a contact point for educational outreach. Read More

Disaster UnfoldsSlowly in the Gulf of Mexico

In the three weeks since the April 20th explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, and the start of the subsequent massive (and ongoing) oil leak, many attempts have been made to contain and control the scale of the environmental disaster. Oil dispersants are being sprayed, containment booms erected, protective barriers built, controlled burns undertaken, and devices are being lowered to the sea floor to try and cap the leaks, with little success to date. While tracking the volume of the continued flow of oil is difficult, an estimated 5,000 barrels of oil (possibly much more) continues to pour into the gulf every day. While visible damage to shorelines has been minimal to date as the oil has spread slowly, the scene remains, in the words of President Obama, a “potentially unprecedented environmental disaster.” (40 photos total) Read More

Gulf Oil Spill: The Story So Far

The effort to contain the Gulf oil spill has had more twists and turns than a mystery novel. This rundown of events so far also shows what is ahead in the struggle to clean up the Gulf of Mexico. Read More

Gulf Oil Spill: Government Argues to Reinstate Drilling Moratorium

The Obama administration will argue its case on deepwater drilling Thursday. The government issued the moratorium in the wake of the Gulf oil spill, but a judge blocked it last month. Read More

BP: Gulf Oil Spill Could be Stopped This Month

The end may be near for the runaway gulf oil well, according to a top BP executive. Read More

Gulf of Mexico Response

Updates, videos, press releases, photographs, and downloads from BP regarding the April 20, 2010 “Deepwater Horizon” incident. Read More

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