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    Coral Reefs Are Still Growing Atolls Despite Sea Level Rise

    Coral Reefs Are Still Growing Atolls Despite Sea Level Rise

    Sea level rise caused by the climate crisis is considered a major threat to low-lying Pacific atolls. Despite this, however, some of these islands are actually growing. Now, a recent study published in Geophysical Research Letters Nov. 20 has figured out why. The coral reefs that give these islands their structure are continuing to produce […]

    Key West Bans Large Ships To Protect Environment

    Key West Bans Large Ships To Protect Environment

    Despite being a well-known port of call on the Caribbean cruise circuit, the City of Key West voted to ban large cruise ships from visiting and to restrict foot traffic from vessels. Supporters and opponents disagreed about the safety, environmental and economic merits of the proposals. On election day, local voters passed three ballot initiatives […]

    17 Dead Dolphins Wash Ashore in Mauritius Near Oil Spill

    17 Dead Dolphins Wash Ashore in Mauritius Near Oil Spill

    At least 17 dead dolphins washed up on Mauritius’ beaches Wednesday, raising questions about what effect the oil spilled from the Japanese cargo tanker MV Wakashio, which ran aground on July 25, is having on marine life surrounding the Indian Ocean island-nation, according to Reuters. As thousands of tons of fuel spilled into the ocean, […]

    Mauritius’ First Major Oil Spill Poses Environmental Crisis

    Mauritius’ First Major Oil Spill Poses Environmental Crisis

    The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, renowned for its coral reefs, is facing an unprecedented ecological catastrophe after a tanker ran aground offshore and began leaking oil. The 984-foot MV Wakashio ran aground on July 25 and began to break up due to rough waters, The Guardian reported. It contained about 220.5 tons of diesel […]