Sea “dead zone” at the Gulf of Mexico: the largest ever measured

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news release stating that scientists have determined this year’s Gulf of Mexico ‘dead zone,’ an area of low oxygen that can kill fish and marine life, is 8,776 square miles, an area about the size of New Jersey. It is the largest measured since dead…

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2016 marks three years of record warmth for the globe

With a boost from El Nino, 2016 began with a bang. For eight consecutive months, January to August, the globe experienced record warm heat.  With this as a catalyst, the 2016 globally averaged surface temperature ended as the highest since record keeping began in 1880, according to scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). The…

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Infographic: ATHOS 1 oil spill in Delaware River

On the 26 Nov. 2004, there was an oil spill that you’ve probably never heard of. Just outside of Philadelphia on November 26, 2004, an oil tanker called the Athos I unknowingly ripped its hull on an 18,000 pound anchor hidden on the river bottom. This released more than 263,000 gallons of heavy oil into…

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