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Sea level rise could send U.S. 'climate migrants' fleeing to Austin, Atlanta

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["By making large swaths of the U.S. shoreline uninhabitable by the end of this century, sea level rise could reverberate far inland, too. In fact, every single U.S. state will be affected by climate change-induced sea level rise, a new study found." *RON*]
Andrew Freeman, Mashable, 17 April 2017
Sea level rise is typically thought of as a coastal problem, with cities from New York to San Francisco pondering new coastal defenses such as sea walls and sturdier buildings.

However, by making large swaths of the U.S. shoreline uninhabitable by the end of this century, sea level rise could reverberate far inland, too. In fact, every single U.S. state will be affected by climate change-induced sea level rise, a new study found.

SEE ALSO: This March was the second-warmest March in 137 years, because why stop now?

If the global average sea level rises by 1.8 meters, or nearly 6 feet, by 2100 — which is well within the mainstream projections from…

A third of global fishing goes unreported, UBC researchers find

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[Global fish stocks are threatened due to widespread overfishing, according to new documentary. See also: Federal audit warns of future fish stock collapse under DFO watch. *RON*]
CBC News, 27 April 2017
Nearly a third of fish caught in the world's oceans goes unreported, according to new research from UBC's The Sea Around Us project.

Each year, the UN releases official capture reports outlining how much marine life each country has fished through the calendar year. In 2015, 81.2 million tonnes were reported to have been harvested from the ocean.

But researchers say the official numbers don't paint a complete picture.

"Fifty per cent more fish were actually taken out, were caught by fisheries around the world, than the officially reported data that countries provide actually would suggest," said Dirk Zeller, a senior scientist and executive director for the Sea Around Us project at UBC.

The research initiative assesses the impa…

Scientists Find Methane Pollution from B.C.’s Oil and Gas Sector 2.5 Times What B.C. Government Reports

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[BC ELECTION 2017!!! Christy LIES for corporations that feed her cash?! Say it ain't so! See also: We Pay Hydro Bills Of Christy Clark's LNG Donors; and Spills on Aging Enbridge Pipeline Have Topped 1 Million Gallons, Report Says. *RON*]
Carol Linnitt, DeSmog Blog, 26 April 2017
New, groundbreaking research from a group of scientists shows B.C.’s estimates of methane pollution from oil and gas activity in the province’s Peace region are wildly underestimated.

Using infrared cameras and gas detection instruments at over a thousand oil and gas sites during a three-year period, scientists from the David Suzuki Foundation in partnership with St. Francis Xavier University recorded fugitive methane emissions being released from facilities directly into the atmosphere on a perpetual basis.

The study estimates methane pollution from industry in B.C. is at least 2.5 times higher than the B.C. government reports. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas…

How Satellite Data Caught Gulf Oil Companies Hiding Enormous Oil Spills

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["When is the last time you told a police officer you were speeding?" An organization called SkyTruth is monitoring drilling companies for drastically underestimating the amount of oil they spill into the ocean. *RON*]

Lauren Zanilli, 27 April 2017

In the Gulf of Mexico, which accounts for 17% of U.S. crude oil production, appetite for drilling is ticking up amid President Trump’s drive for energy deregulation. In late March, the Department of Interior auctioned off over 900,000 acres of leases in the Outer Continental Shelf of the Gulf for $275 million, up from $156 million last year. That might be worrisome, given that the area is still recovering from the Deepwater Horizon spill, but don’t worry: The oil industry often contends that, barring the occasional mega-disaster, offshore drilling is by and large a safe, if not overregulated, practice.

However, according to a new report from three Louisiana-based environmental groups, offshore…

How The Oceans Became Choked With Plastic

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[The problem is staggering, and it’ll get worse if we do nothing. *RON*]
Dominique Mosbergen, Huffington Post, 27 April 2017
Imagine an area 34 times the size of Manhattan. Now imagine it covered ankle-deep in plastic waste — piles of soda bottles and plastic bags, takeout containers by the mile, drinking straws as far as the eye can see.

That’s a total of about 19 billion pounds of garbage. And according to one of the best estimates available, that’s how much plastic waste ends up in our oceans every year.

“We’re being overwhelmed by our waste,” said Jenna Jambeck, an environmental engineer who led the 2015 study that determined this staggering number. According to Jambeck’s research, this figure is on track to double by 2025 unless something is done, swiftly and at a global scale, to stem the tide of garbage.

Plastic ― a versatile, durable and inexpensive material ― has in many ways been a boon to humanity, used in everything from medical equipmen…