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Guest column: La. can learn from red tide

Matt Rota / The Advocate 8 October 2018 There is an environmental crisis in Florida right now. The red tide has spread to the Atlantic coast, and it’s affecting some of the most popular beaches near Miami. The photos of dead manatees and endangered sea turtles killed by red tide are shocking and heartbreaking. What [...]

2018-10-10T13:37:06+00:00October 8th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Guest column: La. can learn from red tide

The Strangest Deep-Sea Creatures Washed Ashore by Hurricanes

It’s not easy to push an alligator around, but hurricanes have been known to move them miles from home. Shown here is a resident of Everglades National Park, Florida. Photograph by Keith Ladzinski, National Geographic Creative Liz Langley / National Geographic 21 September 2018 Storms like Hurricane Florence take a toll on marine [...]

2018-09-25T10:36:19+00:00September 21st, 2018|News|Comments Off on The Strangest Deep-Sea Creatures Washed Ashore by Hurricanes

Another reason Florida’s Red Tide is so bad this year: Pollution from the Mississippi River

Craig Pittman / Tampa Bay Times 20 September 2018 Red Tide influenced by Mississippi River: Scientists say pollution flowing into the Gulf of Mexico is fueling the Red Tide algae bloom, and making it resemble the one in 2005. (Sept. 20, 2018) Video Editing: Tracee Stockwell, Tampa Bay Times The Red Tide algae bloom now [...]

2018-10-09T20:56:25+00:00September 20th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Another reason Florida’s Red Tide is so bad this year: Pollution from the Mississippi River

Covering extreme weather: What to avoid and how to get it right

(Pixabay) Chloe Reichel / Journalist’s Resource 30 August 2018 When extreme weather occurs, questions of whether and how climate change contributed to the event loom large. According to Rick Weiss, director of SciLine and past science reporter for the Washington Post, it’s a fraught area, and reporters can easily veer from what the research says. “We [...]

2018-09-18T18:25:40+00:00August 30th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Covering extreme weather: What to avoid and how to get it right

In Minn., Gulf shrimpers meet farmers trying to save their catch

Lance Nacio, left, and Randy Skinner are Gulf Coast shrimp fishermen who traveled to Minnesota last week to talk about the impact of Mississippi River pollution their industry. Kirsti Marohn | MPR News Kirsti Marohn / MPRnews 28 August 2018 August is the busy season for shrimpers along the Gulf Coast, and fishermen [...]

2018-09-18T18:39:05+00:00August 28th, 2018|News|Comments Off on In Minn., Gulf shrimpers meet farmers trying to save their catch

Battling the Dead Zone

Mindy Cooper / Environmental Monitor Summer 2018 Issue During the summer of 2017, researchers with the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) and Louisiana State University mapped the largest dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico to date. The Gulf of Mexico meets the shorelines of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and western Florida and is home [...]

2018-09-18T12:55:51+00:00August 24th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Battling the Dead Zone

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Late July 2018 Hypoxia Report

Graph and map showing dissolved oxygen levels Maryland Department of Natural Resources August 10, 2018 Heavy Rainfall and Sustained Winds Helped Produce Best Recorded Results Ever Due to extreme summer weather, dissolved oxygen conditions in Maryland’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay mainstem were the best ever observed in late July, reports the Maryland [...]

2018-08-24T20:25:56+00:00August 10th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Maryland Department of Natural Resources Late July 2018 Hypoxia Report

Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Impact Made Huge Dead Zones in Oceans

About 66 million years ago, an asteroid more than 10 kilometers wide struck Earth, as seen in this artist’s rendering. The impact did more than bring an end to the reign of the dinosaurs. According to new research, it also ushered in a period of rapid global warming that helped deplete oxygen from vast [...]

2018-08-24T20:06:36+00:00August 8th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Impact Made Huge Dead Zones in Oceans

Scientists search for ‘smoking gun’ in the dead zone of Florida’s red tide

Fish are seen washed ashore on Sanibel Island. Bill Weir / CNN 8 August 2018 Off Sanibel Island, Florida (CNN) On a good day, a beach trip to Sarasota or a boat trip out of Fort Myers can be a sun-kissed adventure filled with relaxation and anticipation. These are not good days. The [...]

2018-09-17T20:21:08+00:00August 8th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Scientists search for ‘smoking gun’ in the dead zone of Florida’s red tide

Our opinion: Dead zone is persistent, but at least it’s smaller

Daily Comet Editorial 2 August 2018 There are at least two ways of thinking about the dead zone that develops each summer in the Gulf of Mexico. The first, and most optimistic, is for us to tell ourselves that the dead zone is less than half the size this year than what researchers predicted. The [...]

2018-09-18T10:54:36+00:00August 2nd, 2018|News|Comments Off on Our opinion: Dead zone is persistent, but at least it’s smaller