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Offshore Fracking Is Quietly on the Rise in the Gulf of Mexico

December 05, 2014 By Zachary Slobig. Take Part A little-noticed expansion of hydraulic fracturing of deepwater oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico is unnerving environmental watchdogs as federal regulators keep a lid on information about the operations.     Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, involves the injection of highly pressurized, chemical-laced water into wells. The technique […]

December 9, 2014
The Big Number That Shows Just How Much Cruise Ships Are Polluting the World’s Oceans

By Taylor Hill . Taylor Hill is TakePart's associate environment and wildlife editor. They say cruise ship passengers put on a pound a day while sailing, but that’s not nearly as much as they’re leaving behind. Those all-you-can-eat buffets and open bars add up to a lot of waste, and when you’re out at […]

December 5, 2014
Pirate Radio Joins the Floridians’ Clean Water Campaign

Pirate Radio Key West Station owner Jack Smith signed on in support of the Floridians' Clean Water Declaration Campaign this morning during his interview with Reef Relief Staff members Carly Shabo and Mill McCleary. Join him or find out more about the campaign at      

November 25, 2014
Hawaiian Marine Refuge Now Filled With Garbage

Nov 18, 2014 07:00 AM ET // by Patrick J. Kiger . Discover News Photo: NOAA The Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hawaii, a World Heritage Site and one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world, is an isolated assortment of tiny uninhabited islands and coral reefs that are home to an amazing array of […]

October 24, 2014
Great Barrier Reef dredging could damage fish populations, says study, Thursday 23 October 2014 00.47 EDT Fish populations could be significantly damaged by the dredging of seabed sediment, with new research finding that larvae development is hindered by murky water. The study, conducted at James Cook University, raises fresh concerns over dredging work to expand several ports located near the Great Barrier Reef. Researchers […]

October 16, 2014
Birth control pills have negative effect on lake ecosystems: study

Aly Thomson, The Canadian Press Published Sunday, October 12, 2014 8:32PM EDT HALIFAX — The lead researcher of a new study is calling for improvements to some of Canada's waste water treatment facilities after finding that introducing the birth control pill in waterways created a chain reaction in a lake ecosystem that nearly wiped out […]

Scientists sound alarm over ocean acidification

ABC Environment 8 Oct 2014 Scientists warn that the acidity of the oceans has risen by more than a quarter over the last 200 years, posing danger for shellfish. OCEAN ACIDIFICATION has risen by a quarter since pre-industrial times as a result of rising carbon emissions, casting a shadow over the seas as a future source of […]

Artists fashion a treasure out of trash

By Kate Bradshaw | Tribune Staff Published: October 16, 2014     ST. PETERSBURG — The colorful sculpture towering above Poynter Park has a certain grace to it, though it’s meant to depict something menacing. Artists and University of South Florida marine scientists unveiled the 30-by-40-foot sculpture Wednesday and hope its vortex shape and recycled […]

October 2, 2014
Activists turn out to protest Big Sugar

Kevin Lollar, [email protected] 10:08 p.m. EDT October 1, 2014 Twelve environmentalists rallied Wednesday at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection office in Fort Myers to ask the agency to reject the sugar industry’s plan for a massive development in eastern Hendry County. Under the Sugar Hill Sector Plan, U.S. Sugar and Hilliard Brothers would create […]