Archive for the ‘Air and Water’ Category

Aug21

Tides in the Bay of Fundy

Bay of Fundy

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The Bay of Fundy is on the Atlantic coast on the northeast end of the Gulf of Maine between the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in Canada.  It is the site of several national and provincial parks as well as the location of major ports for the pulp and paper industry.  But the Bay of Fundy’s greatest claim to fame is that it may have the largest tidal range in the world. (more…)

Aug19

Save the frogs

Frog

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Since the 1980s, there has been a worldwide decline in the population of amphibians – frogs, toads, and salamanders.  For a while, biologists were skeptical that these declines were anything more than natural variations.  However, study after study has revealed that the amphibian decline is a real and severe threat to biodiversity. (more…)

Aug14

Tracking fishing boats

Fishing boat

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The Global Ocean Commission has released an eight-point plan aimed at protecting the high seas. Two-thirds of the ocean is considered ‘high seas,’ meaning it lies outside of a national territory. The goal of the GOC is to ensure effective management of these areas, safeguarding them from threats like overfishing. (more…)

Jul29

Illinois microbead ban

Great Lakes

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Last month, Illinois became the first state to ban the sale of cosmetics containing plastic microbeads. (more…)

Jul17

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Plastic from the Pacific Ocean

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The Pacific Ocean hosts the largest trash dump on Earth.  It is called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and it’s at least as big as Texas but might be much larger.  Estimates are that it holds more than 3.5 million tons of garbage and at least 80% of it is plastic. (more…)

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