“To lose coral reefs is to fundamentally undermine the health of a very large proportion of the human race,” said Ruth Gates, director of the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
The amphipods were contaminated with PCBs — polychlorinated biphenyls — toxic chemicals used for decades in industry, as well as other industrial pollutants known as persistent organic pollutants.
“Every sample we had,” Jamieson says, “had contaminants in it at very high or extraordinarily high levels.”
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A new study has identified some of acoustic sanctuaries off the coast of British Columbia in the hope that they may be protected. Researchers emphasize that these opportunity sites can be protected with little change to current shipping patterns, which… Read More ›
A crowdfunding project called Snotbot, which aims to fund quadcopter-enabled research of whales by collecting their projectile exhalations, has been getting a lot of attention. … Since 2013, scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts and the National… Read More ›
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