• Herbert W. Hoover Foundation stays true to mission to reduce water pollution

    By Charita Goshay CantonRep.com staff writer Jul 30, 2018 Original available at: http://www.cantonrep.com/entertainmentlife/20180729/herbert-w-hoover-foundation-stays-true-to-mission-to-reduce-water-pollution JACKSON TWP. The late Herbert W. Hoover Jr. wasn’t just a Hoover Co. executive. He also was an ardent environmentalist. Elizabeth Lacey Hoover said she thinks her father would be proud that his namesake foundation is continuing his legacy. The foundation is a partner and […]

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  • Mussels off the coast of Seattle test positive for opioids

    Originally published on CBS News on May 24, 2018 at 5:34 PM. Written by Christina Capatides. Original article available here. Photo by iStockfootage used for educational purposes. As more and more American communities grapple with opioid addiction, the human toll of the epidemic has grown in both scope and severity. And now, scientists at the Washington […]

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  • Students talk opioids with “Dreamland” author

    By: Shane Hoover from the Canton Repository. To see the original article, visit this link. Originally posted on April 2, 2018. CANTON Author and journalist Sam Quinones spoke Monday morning with an audience of local high school and college students from who were reading his book, “Dreamland: The True Story of America’s Opiate Epidemic.” The […]

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  • World’s largest collection of ocean garbage is twice the size of Texas

    SOURCE:  USA Today/Doyle Rice  March 22, 2018 The world’s largest collection of ocean garbage is growing. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a collection of plastic, floating trash halfway between Hawaii and California, has grown to more than 600,000 square miles, a study published Thursday found. That’s twice the size of Texas. Winds and converging ocean currents funnel […]

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  • 73% of Deep-Sea Fish Have Ingested Plastic

    SOURCE:  EcoWatch/Lorraine Chow   Feb 18, 2018 Microplastics can really be found everywhere, even in the stomachs of creatures living deep underwater. Marine scientists from the National University of Ireland (NUI) in Galway found the plastic bits in 73 percent of 233 deep-sea fish collected from the Northwest Atlantic Ocean—one of the highest microplastic frequencies […]

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  • SOURCE:  NPR/Christopher Joyce    January 25, 2018 Millions of tons of plastic waste end up in the ocean every year. And the trash stays there: Whether it’s grocery bags or water bottles or kids’ toys, plastic is practically indestructible. Now marine scientists have discovered that it’s killing coral reefs. A new study based on four […]

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  • The Blue Planet effect: why marine biology courses are booming

    SOURCE:  The Guardian/Helena Pozniak   Jan 12, 2018 Thanks in part to the BBC wildlife series, there has been a sea change in the popularity of marine biology courses and the study of the world’s oceans. When she was just 12 years old, an impressionable Cathy Lucas, now associate professor in marine biology at the […]

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  • As Britain bans microbeads, lawmakers urge more action on plastic

    SOURCE:  Reuters/Varsha Saraogi            Jan 8, 2018 LONDON, Jan 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A ban on plastic microbeads, used as exfoliants in toothpastes, face washes and shower gels that end up in the oceans, will come into force in Britain on Tuesday, but lawmakers said more needed to be done […]

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  • Soils reveal a hidden cost of farming, and fertilizers

    SOURCE:  Environmental Health News/Douglas Fischer   Dec 15, 2017 In one Montana ag basin, drinking wells test at twice the federal health standard for nitrate pollution. That’s a problem on many levels. Montana State researchers are working with farmers to solve it. For every ton of fertilizer farmers apply to fields in the United States, […]

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  • Where Are the Sharks? Scientists Use DNA Sampling to Find Out

    SOURCE:  PEW Charitable Trusts/Rebecca Goldburg        Dec 7, 2017 Scientists are estimating the relative abundance and diversity of shark species across vast stretches of the ocean with little more than a few plastic bottles filled with seawater. By analyzing environmental DNA (or eDNA), a relatively inexpensive and non-invasive technique, researchers can determine if […]

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