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Dutch university dropout Bojan Slat, who founded The Ocean Cleanup, poses for a portrait next to a pile of plastic garbage prior to a press presentation in Utrecht, Netherlands, Thursday, May 11, 2017. (Peter Dejong/AP Photo) UTRECHT, Netherlands — A Dutch foundation aiming to rid the world’s oceans of plastic […]

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How the ocean’s heat is threatening the ice shelves. Credit: Alfred-Wegener-Institut/Martin Kuensting CC-BY 4.0 Enlarge By the second half of this century, rising air temperatures above the Weddell Sea could set off a self-amplifying meltwater feedback cycle under the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf, ultimately causing the second-largest ice shelf in the […]

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USGS geochemist John Pohlman monitoring data from the USGS Gas Analysis System (GAS) that continuously measured carbon dioxide and methane concentrations in near-surface waters and in the air on the western Svalbard margin. Credit: United States Geological Survey The ocean waters near the surface of the Arctic Ocean absorbed 2,000 […]

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Studies at the newly established NES-LTER will help better understand and manage the intricate coastal ocean ecosystem. The site will rely on data collected from already-established, technologically advanced research locations—the Martha’s Vineyard Coastal Observatory (MVCO) to the north and the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Pioneer Array to the south—and will […]