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Baby Fish Eat Plastic Over Food 
While the study was limited, the ramifications are deeply troubling. Larval perch in the Baltic were found to preferentially consume micro-plastics over their natural food. It was found this greatly affected their survival. The Smithsonian elaborates: http://www.boredpanda.com/photography-behind-the-scenes/

Willamette Superfund Cleanup Comment Period Underway 
As progress is incrementally made toward a Superfund cleanup of the lower Willamette, the EPA is seeking public comment on their plans. About a month remains in the comment period. I’ll let the Oregonian familiarize you with the details: http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/06/time_to_comment_on_proposed_wi.html#incart_river_index

The Jet Streams Are Alright 
As mainstream media has devolved to imitate tabloid journalism, click-bait sensationalism has burgeoned. A case in point was the recent hyperventilation over supposedly catastrophic anomalies in the atmosphere’s jet streams. Ars Technica nicely debunks the nonsense: http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/07/no-the-earths-jet-streams-are-not-spinning-out-of-control/

Antarctic Sea Ice Growth Mechanism Explained 
While Arctic ice progressively wastes away, and much of Antarctica also has withering ice, part of the continent has experienced an increase in its sea ice. Global warming deniers have latched onto this as “proof” of the warming “hoax”. Research has shown, however, that the increased sea ice is the logical outcome of weather patterns associated with warming. Ars Technica has the story: http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/07/recent-antarctic-sea-ice-growth-boosted-by-la-ninas/

The Blob Is Back; Ocean Anomaly Returns 
The phenomenon of a mass of warm Pacific Ocean water, blamed for wrecking havoc with weather patterns, has returned. The Oregonian covers the topic: http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2016/07/the_blob_a_pacific_warm_water.html#incart_river_index

 

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