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Science

World - The myths that hint at past disasters

Myths and fables passed down over thousands of years are full of fantastic creatures and warring gods. But they also might contain evidence of environmental disasters of the past.

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Federal

US - Federal Government Changing Flood Insurance Pricing Model

The federal government is overhauling the pricing model for its flood insurance program, and Frederick County residents have about three months to appeal upcoming changes to their rates.

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Federal

US - NOAA Nominee Rick Spinrad Has Deep Roots at the Agency

President Biden announced last week that he is nominating oceanographer Rick Spinrad to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Spinrad previously served as head of the agency’s research office and as its chief scientist.

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Energy

World - Developing Prospects for Oceanic Geothermal Energy Conversion

While the earth’s core is believed to be molten material, the majority of the world’s active volcanoes are believed to be releasing vast amounts of thermal energy on the ocean floor.

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Science

World - Deep-sea mountains: Earth’s unexplored ecosystems that are teeming with life

On land, the highest mountains reach up to the sky and their slopes are blanketed with cloud. In the ocean, the tallest peaks stretch towards the surface and their sides are swathed in plankton. Explore the hidden world of seamounts.

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Science

World - Citizen Science Increasingly Informs Ocean Expertise—and Policy

Journal article, with Pew co-author, suggests how to boost public engagement in conservation research

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Advocacy

US - We can't let sand mining threaten storm-buffering, natural infrastructure

The historic confirmation of U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Deb Haaland certainly brings new perspective to this critical department. One of her first tasks should be an examination of a significantly weakened law that has protected this nation’s storm-buffering, natural infrastructure for decades.

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Waterways

US - Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Bolster Resiliency of U.S. Ports

The bill also increases the percentage of funding set aside for inland ports to assist ports with infrastructure projects.

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Engineering

World - Coastal Protection Can Significantly Reduce Migration From Sea Level Rise

Protecting densely populated coastal areas, such as river deltas or megacities, from sea-level rise with dikes and seawalls will likely limit land loss and migration of people away from the coasts.

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Advocacy

World - Apple, Conservation International introduce mangrove carbon credit

There’s a fresh nature-based carbon project in town, and she’s getting attention from corporations with ambitious net-zero goals. Her name? Mangroves, a type of tree species and coastal forest ecosystem native to the tropics and subtropics.

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Advocacy

World - “How do we manage fisheries in the midst of climate change?” Q&A with EDF’s Eric Schwaab

Eric Schwaab, who current serves as the Senior Vice President of Ecosystems and Oceans at Environmental Defense Fund, says there are solutions to the ocean challenges we’ve created.

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Engineering

US - Great Lakes Reports First Quarter Results

HOUSTON, May 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (Nasdaq: GLDD), the largest provider of dredging services in the United States, today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2021.

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Engineering

UK - Strathclyde Uni Researchers to Trial Pioneering New Ship Propulsion System

Initial trials show the propulsion system has “remarkable” fuel-saving potential.

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Science

World - Mangroves and seagrasses absorb microplastics

Mangroves and seagrasses grow in many places along the coasts of the world, and these 'blue forests' constitute an important environment for a large number of animals. Here, juvenile fish can hide until they are big enough to take care of themselves; crabs and mussels live on the bottom; and birds come to feed on the plants.

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Science

World - Can marine protected areas reduce marine disease?

EHN talked to marine disease experts about the role of increasing ocean protection in combating rising disease rates.

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Science

World - Two of the Most Destructive Forces of Nature – Earthquakes and Tsunamis – May Be a Bigger Threat Than Thought

Two of the most destructive forces of nature — earthquakes and tsunamis — might actually be more of a threat than current estimates according to new research conducted by scientists at The University of New Mexico and the Nanyang Technological University.

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Science

US - NOAA unveils new U.S. climate ‘normals’ that are warmer than ever

The official calculation of what constitutes “normal” U.S. climate has been updated — and to virtually nobody’s surprise, it’s a warmer picture than ever before.

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Fisheries

US - The Ultimate Guide to Digging for Clams

With a few basic tools and some know-how, you can collect a pile of seafood in no time

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Advocacy

GA - Ocean Visions 2021 Summit to Showcase and Explore Diverse Solutions for Pressing Ocean Challenges

Summit to feature prominent researchers, innovators, decision-makers, and funders on cutting edge of creating and advancing solutions in ocean-climate nexus.

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Science

US - How Navy money changed the course of sea science

A history of US oceanography reveals the ways in which military funding influenced discovery.

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Waterways

World - A Summer of Sold-Out Ships Awaits as Sea Cargo Chaos Intensifies

Container shipping rates are heading higher again, driven to new heights by unrelenting consumer demand and company restocking from Europe to the U.S. that are exhausting the world economy’s capacity to move goods across oceans.

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Science

World - How can we finance climate adaptation? Nature-based solutions to the Americas' climate change risks

The concepts of 'natural capital' and 'nature-based solutions' are gaining attention in the global capital markets, as public and private sector issuers consider ways to finance projects to enhance their physical asset resiliency to climate change or support reforestation and native species regeneration.

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Tourism

US - Key tourist destinations rethink their reliance on cruising

On April 12, activists in Juneau, Alaska, filed paperwork to limit cruise traffic to the city's picturesque port, where more than 1.2 million passengers disembarked in 2019. When cruising returns, it's expected to host about 620 ships, bringing more than 1.3 million to the last frontier state.

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