Double whammy killed coral reefs off Texas coast

Double whammy killed coral reefs off Texas coast

Photo: This colony of Spiny Flower Coral (Mussa angulosa) shows sections that are partially bleached, completely bleached, and even some dead sections already overgrown with algae. A bleached Fire Coral stands alongside. (Credit: Joyce & Frank Burek/NOAA Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary)

Researchers may have solved the mystery of what caused the death of the large and colorful reefs about 100 miles from the Galveston coast 3 years ago.

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Japan Wants to Dump Nuclear Plant’s Tainted Water. Fishermen Fear the Worst.

Japan Wants to Dump Nuclear Plant’s Tainted Water. Fishermen Fear the Worst.

Photo: Tatsuo Niitsuma and his wife, Yoko, in Iwaki, Japan, this month. Ko Sasaki for The New York Times

The water from the Fukushima disaster is more radioactive than the authorities have previously publicized, raising doubts about government assurances that it will be made safe.

IWAKI, Japan — The overpowering earthquake and tsunami that ripped through northern Japan in March 2011 took so much from Tatsuo Niitsuma, a commercial fisherman … [more…]

Too much salt: water desalination plants harm environment: U.N.

Too much salt: water desalination plants harm environment: U.N.

FILE PHOTO: Workers walk outside a desalination plant, south of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 2011. REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed

OSLO (Reuters) – Almost 16,000 desalination plants worldwide produce bigger-than-expected flows of highly salty waste water and toxic chemicals that are damaging the environment, a U.N.-backed study said on Monday.

Desalination plants pump out 142 million cubic meters (5 billion cubic feet) of salty brine every day, 50 percent more than previous estimates,

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‘Only Option’: Japan May Dump Fukushima Nuclear Plant Water Into Pacific Ocean

‘Only Option’: Japan May Dump Fukushima Nuclear Plant Water Into Pacific Ocean

Photo: The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, seen on Feb. 22, 2016. (TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)

Japan’s environment minister said the country will have to dump large quantities of contaminated water from the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, which was damaged during the March 2011 earthquake, because the facility is running out of room.

During the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami, three Fukushima reactors were damaged. However, by 2022, storage space will … [more…]

Safeguarding oceans from climate change a global responsibility

Photo: polar bear

Article/op-ed by Seychelles President Danny Faure. Image Credit: Hugo A. Sanchez/©Gulf News

There was a strong reason why I delivered an underwater speech to protect the marine life

Last Sunday, I climbed into the tight quarters of a Global Sub Dive submersible — essentially a clear bubble on a power platform — with sub pilot Randy Holt. As an islander and as the president of the Republic of Seychelles, an … [more…]