Whale dies in Thailand after eating more than 17 lbs of plastic

A short-fin male pilot whale has died in Southern Thailand after ingesting more than 17 lbs of plastic bags and packaging, a sobering casualty of the waste littering the world’s oceans. During an autopsy veterinarians removed more than 80 plastic bags from the whale’s stomach, said Jatuporn Burutpat, Director-General to Thailand’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources. Officials say the whale was spotted by locals on May 28 looking ill and floating abnormally. Government veterinarians were dispatched to care for the […]

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38 years later: What’s changed since Mount St. Helens erupted?

SEATTLE – In the early spring of 1980, Mount St. Helens had a single seismograph monitoring earthquakes on the mountain. After numerous quakes were measured, more equipment was installed. But by May 18, 1980, only 10 seismographs were in place to monitor the most destructive volcanic eruption in US history; fewer than are on the mountain today. “There’s a dozen to 15 seismographs on or around Mount St. Helens right now,”  professor emeritus with the Department of Earth and Space Sciences […]

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GOP congressman asks if rocks are causing sea levels to rise

A member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology evinced skepticism about climate change during an exchange with a witness about rising sea levels. Instead, Alabama Republican Rep. Mo Brooks offered an additional culprit: soil or rock deposits into the world’s waters. A study released in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in March documented accelerating sea-level rise driven by climate change. E&E News reported on the comments of Brooks and others at the hearing, including California GOP Rep. Dana […]

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