The world uses 1 billion unrecyclable plastic straws a day – 500 million in the United States – an untold number of which end up in the ocean, polluting the water and coastlines and posing a deadly threat to sea turtles and other marine animals. The Lonely Whale Foundation’s “Strawless in Seattle” campaign resulted in the elimination of 2.3 million disposable plastic straws in the month of September in that city.
Shell Oil Company is an affiliate of the Royal Dutch Shell plc, a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with operations in more than 70 countries. In the U.S., Shell operates in 50 states and employs more than 20,000 people working to help tackle the challenges of the new energy future. Shell is no stranger to the priorities and focus of COL. Over the last two years, Dr. Ruth Perry, Marine and Regulatory Specialist at Shell and Shell’s COL member representative, has served on COL’s Industry Forum Advisory Committee to facilitate framing the forum in a manner that supports robust, constructive, and outcomes-focused discussion on pressing science questions at the intersection of ocean research, industry, and stewardship.
The recent U.S. presidential election loomed large last week at the world’s largest annual gathering of Earth and space scientists, the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Fall Meeting in San Francisco, Calif. When Eos asked some of the more than 20,000 scientists at the meeting what they thought the election’s outcome means for the Earth and space sciences, we heard a wide range of responses, from dismissal of the election’s importance to deep concern.
University of Maryland researches are finding solid evidence for it. Since the Clean Air Act of the 1990’s, nitrogen pollution from coal fired powered plants has been reduced. “About a 30-percent decline has occurred over the entire watershed,” said Keith Eshleman, with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.
Found exclusively in the Indo-Pacific, clownfish are symbiotic animals that only live in sea anemones, a close relative of corals that don't have a hard outer shell. The anemone provides a home and protection for the clownfish, while the clownfish provides food for the anemone.
The largest oil spill in U.S. history was even bigger than previously thought, at least in terms of the amount of coastline that was oiled, scientists report in a new study.