NJ beach bacteria: The Shore can’t dodge NYC’s sewage

NJ beach bacteria: The Shore can't dodge NYC's sewage

The Asbury Park Press analyzed nearly 4,000 water quality tests performed at New Jersey beaches this summer. Here are the five beaches that failed bacteria tests most often. Russ Zimmer

Flare-ups of bacteria connected to human and animal feces have long plagued certain beaches on the Jersey Shore, threatening to sicken swimmers and scare away tourism dollars. State officials believe New Jersey has fixed some trouble spots ahead of the … [more…]

Great Pacific Garbage Patch now three times the size of France

Great Pacific Garbage Patch now three times the size of France

A huge, swirling pile of trash in the Pacific Ocean is growing faster than expected and is now three times the size of France. According to a three-year study published in Scientific Reports Friday, the mass known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is about 1.6 million square kilometers in size — up to 16 times bigger than previous estimates.

That makes it more than double the size of Texas. … [more…]

The Great Barrier Reef of the Americas: Coastal Lessons from the Past

The Great Barrier Reef of the Americas: Coastal Lessons from the Past

This is part 1 of a two-part series concerning Richard Condrey and Natalie Peyronnin’s recent paper, “Using Louisiana’s coastal history to innovate its coastal future,” published in Shore & Beach, Fall 2017. See part 2 here.

They were there, billions of oysters on the Great Barrier Reef of the Americas (GRBA), along the southern coast of Louisiana – a dangerous impediment to navigation. Just three to four feet under

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66-year-old Alan Turing paper inspires new water-purification technique

photo: Alan Turing

When you think about the English computer scientist Alan Turing you most probably think of either his code-breaking efforts at Bletchley Park during World War II or his early hypotheses about artificial intelligence, which resulted in the formulation of the famous Turing Test.

Something you probably don’t associate him with? Groundbreaking chemistry — and, more specifically, groundbreaking chemistry which could soon be used to provide people around the world with

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Warmer, saltier polar water could change global ocean currents

Warmer, saltier polar water could change global ocean currents

When ice shelves melt, they dump freshwater into the sea which lightens the salty water. Credit: Flickr/NASA ICE, licensed under CC BY 2.0

Melting ice shelves are changing the ocean’s chemistry at the South Pole and the result could be a change in global currents and increased glacial melt, according to scientists who are creating maps to feed into climate change models.

At the North and South Poles, cold dense … [more…]