Posts Tagged ‘Pollution’

Microplastics plague the lagoon

By Jim Waymer May 26, 2017 Florida Today The crabs and oysters we eat from the Indian River Lagoon harbor tiny bits of plastic, with unknown health risks to us and to them, new research suggests. University of Central Florida researchers say our old fraying boat ropes, fishing equipment, fibers from synthetic clothes and other broken-down plastic bits are the…

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The Environment And Dolphin Health

By Amy Green May 15, 2017 WMFE New research reveals the critical role the environment plays in dolphin health. The study compared dolphins in the Indian River Lagoon and Charleston, S.C., with those at the Georgia Aquarium and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center in San Diego. Lead author Patricia Fair of the Medical University…

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Dolphin ills echo human health risks

By Jim Waymer May 5, 2017 Florida Today Researchers studying our closest relatives that live in the Indian River Lagoon have delivered a grim diagnosis: our local dolphins are ailing under a relentless barrage of pathogens, mercury and pollution. Half suffer chronic illness, and biologists say we had better pay attention to their plight, or we may be next. “I think…

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POINT OF VIEW The water is going the wrong way

By Kimberly Mitchell December 27, 2016 Palm Beach Post For many, the discussion of Everglades restoration can get a bit overwhelming. The complex, man-made water management problems we face involve not just water quality, but also water quantity, timing and distribution. Today, America’s Everglades are collapsing from a lack of clean freshwater. Sugar growers Florida…

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Everglades’ water at risk from sea-level rise, scientists say

By Andy Reid December 15, 2016 Sun Sentinel Climate change and other hurdles mean it will take more water — and potentially more taxpayer money — to save the Everglades, according to new scientific findings released Thursday. The report to Congress warns that rising seas and warming temperatures are threatening to worsen damage already done…

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