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Barge collision collapses Galveston bridge, triggers oil spill

A barge collision caused a partial collapse of a Galveston bridge, leading to an oil spill and the closure of the only road to Pelican Island.

Juan Lozano and Lekan Oyekanmi report for The Associated Press.

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Exploring the Cook Islands' role in deep-sea mining

Exploring the Cook Islands' role in deep-sea mining

Below the ocean surrounding the Cook Islands lies a wealth of minerals critical for electric vehicle batteries, stirring debates over economic gain versus environmental risk.

Pete McKenzie reports for The New York Times.

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Sylvia Earle ocean conservation

Sylvia Earle, a relentless ocean advocate, emphasizes urgency for ocean conservation

Sylvia Earle, the trailblazing oceanographer known as “Her Deepness,” shares her relentless passion for ocean protection despite mounting challenges.

Elizabeth Claire Alberts reports for Mongabay.

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Oil companies pursue offshore drilling, touting lower emissions

Offshore drilling companies like Shell are increasing deepwater oil and gas extraction in the Gulf of Mexico, claiming it is a cleaner alternative than onshore operations due to reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Ivan Penn reports for The New York Times.

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US ocean protection plan includes commercial fishing areas, sparking debate

US ocean protection plan includes commercial fishing areas, sparking debate

New information reveals the Biden administration’s ocean conservation strategy considers areas with commercial fishing as protected, causing concern among scientists.

Catrin Einhorn reports for The New York Times

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Seaweed explored as a potential source for green-energy minerals

Seaweed explored as a potential source for green-energy minerals

Exploring the seas for sustainability, U.S. scientists are testing seaweed as a possible miner of key minerals needed for green energy.

Moira Donovan reports for Hakai Magazine.

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Strategies evolve as ocean heat threatens coral survival in Florida

Strategies evolve as ocean heat threatens coral survival in Florida

As rising ocean temperatures continue to stress coral reefs in Florida, conservationists are adopting new strategies to enhance coral resilience.

Amudalat Ajasa, Whitney Leaming, and Carolyn Van Houten report for The Washington Post.

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