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The Ocean Cleanup, a concept launched by student Boyan Slat to tackle plastic pollution in the world's oceans, has reached its crowdfunding goal of two million dollars to scale-up the project. Boyan was first confronted with the problem of plastic pollution in the seas while...

source: IamExpat

Scientists have long known that mercury is a potent toxicant: It disrupts the architecture of human brains, and it can change birds' behavior and kill their chicks. But after extensive research in rural Virginia, scientists have shown...

source: National Geographic

Twenty coral species — ten times the number listed previously — are the newest animals slated for protection under the Endangered Species Act. The ruling, announced by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, did not come with restrictions on...

source: National Geographic

You always knew there was something special about all those jellyfish, otters, wolf eels and Arctic char. Now the world knows, too. Vancouver Aquarium has been voted one of the ten best in the world by readers of USA Today. The aquarium nabbed the seventh spot overall...

source: Inside Vancouver

Finally, the world can rejoice over some good news about the environment. The Earth's protective ozone layer, which shields us from harmful ultraviolet rays, is showing signs of recovery, according to a new United Nations report. This atmospheric layer is slowly rebuilding...

source: Nature World News

Big dams built in the tropics to produce hydroelectricity have long been highly controversial — and data gathered in Laos by a French team studying methane emissions confirms that dams can add to global warming, not reduce it. In many rocky regions low on vegetation...

source: Scientific American

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