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Atlas of Environmental Justice

Atlas of Environmental Justice

The environmental justice atlas documents and catalogs social conflict around environmental issues. Across the world, communities are struggling to defend their land, air, water, forests and livelihoods from damaging projects and extractive activities with heavy...

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Climate Justice – A Key Pillar of Climate Action

Climate Justice – A Key Pillar of Climate Action

According to the Environmental Justice Foundation, we live in an era of extraordinary climate injustice. The impacts of the climate crisis are deepening already existing vulnerabilities and inequalities within and across generations, communities, and countries...

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Climate and Environmental Justice Organizations

Climate and Environmental Justice Organizations

Once you do any reading about climate and environmental justice issues, you tend to get the urge to roll up your sleeves and do something about the rampant injustices that continue to exist in our society. To help you find your way along that path, we have compiled a...

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Finding a Great Opportunity

Finding a Great Opportunity

I am pleased to announce that Ocean Connect's first video tutorial series - Finding a Great Opportunity - is now up in the Resources section of the Ocean Connect website. The Opportunities Database contains information on ocean-related academic programs, awards,...

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Featured Connection: Climate Science

Featured Connection: Climate Science

The Science Behind Climate Change Climate change is by far the most pressing issue facing our generation. Extreme events such as flooding, heat waves, and widespread crop failures are becoming much more common. As a result, climate change has an impact on global...

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Featured Connection: Investigative Journalism

Featured Connection: Investigative Journalism

The Truth is Out There Throughout history, investigative journalists have been revered, reviled, and repressed, often simultaneously and resulting from the same story. That should not be all that surprising, as exposing the truth often pleases one constituency at the...

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Plastic Pollution in the Oceans is an Equity Issue

Plastic Pollution in the Oceans is an Equity Issue

A less recognized byproduct of plastic pollution is how marine plastic waste affects human populations and the unequal burden on different communities. A report, "Towards an Equitable Approach to Marine Plastics Pollution," outlines the current situation and attempts...

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EPA Unveils $100M for Environmental Justice

EPA Unveils $100M for Environmental Justice

The Environmental Protection Agency announced it is awarding $100 million in competitive grants for projects that advance environmental justice in communities disproportionately affected by industrial pollution and other hazards. The EPA will offer the grants in two...

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Featured Connection: The Science of Aquaculture

Featured Connection: The Science of Aquaculture

The Science of Feeding the World According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, approximately 4.5 billion people get a significant source of their daily protein intake from fish. But that doesn’t mean billions of people are at the pier every...

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Microplastics Deposited on the Seafloor Triple in 20 Years

Microplastics Deposited on the Seafloor Triple in 20 Years

According to a study developed by the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) and the Department of the Built Environment of Aalborg University (AAU-BUILD), the total amount of microplastics deposited on...

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Ocean University

Ocean University

We are very pleased to announce that Ocean Connect's "Ocean Shot" submission - Ocean University: A Model Internship Program to Increase Diversity in Ocean Science - was accepted by the U.S. National Committee for the Ocean Decade. From 2021 to 2030, the UN Decade of...

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Featured Connection: Physical Oceanography

Featured Connection: Physical Oceanography

Physical oceanography – one of the four main branches of oceanography – involves studying the properties (such as temperature and density) and movement (such as waves, currents, and tides) of ocean water. It also involves studying the interaction between the ocean and...

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Nearly 10% of Marine Life Threatened with Extinction

Nearly 10% of Marine Life Threatened with Extinction

The effects of human activity from climate change to pollution, are "devastating" marine life, with nearly a tenth of underwater plants and animals assessed so far threatened with extinction, the latest Red List of Threatened Species showed on Friday. More than 1,550...

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Vanuatu Seeks Climate Justice

Vanuatu Seeks Climate Justice

The Pacific island nation Vanuatu and 17 other countries recently published a draft resolution asking the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to clarify what responsibilities governments around the world have to protect future generations from climate change. The...

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Digital Nation

Digital Nation

Tuvalu, a group of nine islands halfway between Hawaii and Australia, is building a digital version of itself, replicating islands and landmarks and preserving its history and culture as rising sea levels threaten to submerge the tiny Pacific island nation. Tuvalu's...

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Featured Connection: Environmental Science

Featured Connection: Environmental Science

Environmental Science integrates natural and social sciences to study how the environment and man-made processes interact with one another. It is an interdisciplinary field that incorporates ecology, chemistry, biology, hydrology, earth and soil sciences, atmospheric...

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While the World Burns

While the World Burns

If you focus on the headlines coming out of the recently concluded COP27 climate summit in Egypt, you might just believe that great progress has been made in helping vulnerable countries deal with the devastating impacts of global warming. The word that appears most...

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Environmental Justice Reading List

Environmental Justice Reading List

Communities populated primarily by ethnic minorities and economically disadvantaged people have long been burdened with a disproportionate number of environmental hazards such as garbage dumps, toxic waste facilitates, scrap yards, factories, and other sources of...

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Featured Connection: Oceanography

Featured Connection: Oceanography

Because the ocean covers over 70 percent of the planet and contains 99 percent of the living space on Earth, its composition (e.g., its physical, chemical, and biological makeup) has a significant impact on all life. This is true whether that life is in or out of the...

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Last 8 Years Hottest on Record

Last 8 Years Hottest on Record

According to the World Meteorological Organization’s provisional State of the Global Climate in 2022 report released to coincide with the COP27 climate summit, the past eight years were the hottest on record, leaving the climate goals set out in the 2015 Paris Climate...

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Halloween Terror? Afraid Not.

Halloween Terror? Afraid Not.

I didn't see this question on last week's PSATs, but it should have been: What's more terrifying than a beach covered in garbage? (a) Two beaches covered in garbage. (b) No plan to stop the toxic runoff, industrial, agricultural and residential waste polluting our...

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Heat Waves Cost Poor Countries the Most

Heat Waves Cost Poor Countries the Most

According to a recent study published in the journal Science Advances, heat waves, exacerbated by human-caused climate change, have cost the global economy at least 16 trillion dollars in the last 30 years.  This burden has disproportionately fallen on the world's...

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Promises, Promises

Promises, Promises

A new report from UN Climate Change shows that countries around the world are failing to live up to their commitments to fight climate change. According to the report, countries are "bending the curve of global greenhouse gas emissions downward but underlines that...

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How Long Until this Reaches the Ocean?

How Long Until this Reaches the Ocean?

What is the obsession with balloons and mailboxes? Does anyone past the age of five still get excited about seeing their mailbox festooned with colorful objects for the 24 hours they actually stay inflated? I mean, just look at this - it's depressing. And worse yet,...

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The Father of Environmental Justice

The Father of Environmental Justice

Environmental justice is the principle that all people and communities - regardless of race, color, national origin, or income - have a right to equal enforcement and equal protection of environmental laws and regulations. The environmental justice movement is a vital...

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Featured Connection: Ocean Sustainability

Featured Connection: Ocean Sustainability

Approaching the topic of “ocean sustainability” can be a rather sensitive endeavor. One reason for this is that there doesn’t seem to be a single accepted definition of the term “sustainability.”  So, depending on your scientific, political, or environmental...

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Code Red for the Planet

Code Red for the Planet

Populations of monitored animal species have plummeted nearly 70 percent in the last 50 years, according to a landmark assessment released today by the WWF (World Wide Fund For Nature). The report highlights “devastating” losses to nature due to human activity. The...

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Conservation Careers

Conservation Careers

Anyone interested in pursuing or just learning about a career in conservation should check out the Conservation Careers website (www.conservation-careers.com). It is full of helpful resources no matter what stage of your career - student, intern, job seeker, early...

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The 17 Principles of Environmental Justice

The 17 Principles of Environmental Justice

Drafted and adopted in 1991 at the National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit, the Principles serve as a guidepost for the environmental justice movement. Anyone interested in pursuing a career in environmental justice should be familiar with these...

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October 10, 2022

October 10, 2022

The upcoming Indigenous People's Day honors the past, present, and future of Native peoples throughout the US. The holiday recognizes the legacy and impact of colonialism on Native communities, and it also celebrates the cultures, contributions, and resilience of...

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Featured Connection: Astrobiology

Featured Connection: Astrobiology

Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, and existence of life in the universe. The search for life beyond Earth requires a wide-ranging understanding of not only the nature of the types of environments that may support life and the different planetary...

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Clean Shipping Act

Clean Shipping Act

Earlier this year, Congressman Alan Lowenthal ((California), who represents the Port of Long Beach--one of the nation's busiest cargo ports--introduced the Clean Shipping Act, legislation aimed at zeroing out pollution from all ocean shipping companies that do...

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Featured Connection: Renewable Energy

Featured Connection: Renewable Energy

When it comes to preserving the health and well-being of the environment, there is no greater imperative than ending our dependence on fossil fuels. The environmental evils caused by fossil fuels are well-documented – global warming, air pollution, water pollution,...

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Historic Coral Restoration News

Historic Coral Restoration News

They said it couldn't be done, but they did it. Scientists at the Florida Aquarium have made a major breakthrough in the restoration of the endangered Caribbean elkhorn coral. Until this latest development, elkhorn coral had been impossible to reproduce in an aquarium...

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Environmental Justice Day

Environmental Justice Day

The States of Washington and Nevada have proclaimed August 29th as Environmental Justice Day to highlight the human cost of pollution and climate change. Each state has compiled resources for its citizens to address environmental issues in their communities and learn...

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Featured Snapshot: Ecology

Featured Snapshot: Ecology

Ecology is the study of the relationships between living organisms – including humans – and the world around them. Ecologists seek to understand the complex connections between these living organisms and their habitats. Ecologists study plants and animals at various...

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A Treaty to Preserve Marine Biological Diversity

A Treaty to Preserve Marine Biological Diversity

For the next two weeks, representatives from Member States have gathered at the United Nations to try and reach a consensus on a legally binding instrument regarding the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national...

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A Treasure Trove of Information

A Treasure Trove of Information

We like to think that everything we offer on Ocean Connect is a fantastic resource that will help you make your unique connection to the ocean but based on the feedback we have been receiving, our database of professional societies, organizations, and institutes is...

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Featured Connection: Environmental Justice

Featured Connection: Environmental Justice

Communities populated primarily by ethnic minorities and economically disadvantaged people have long been burdened with a disproportionate number of environmental hazards such as garbage dumps, toxic waste facilitates, scrap yards, factories, and other sources of...

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Nine Million New Ocean Connections

Nine Million New Ocean Connections

According to a study conducted by the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, over the next decade, nine million new clean jobs will be created as a result of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. We look at it like that's also...

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Discovering Your Opportunity

Discovering Your Opportunity

How does an internship at a prestigious university sound? What about a research fellowship at NASA, NOAA, or the National Institutes of Health?  Not only will these programs look great on your college application, but they will also give you a huge jump on...

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Featured Connection: Underwater Photography

Featured Connection: Underwater Photography

No doubt, underwater photography is an exhilarating and fun experience. When most people think of underwater photographers, they picture someone in full scuba gear treading water in the ocean’s depths (usually among sharks or the wreckage of a ship). And while this is...

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Why Isn’t Climate Change Taught in School?

Why Isn’t Climate Change Taught in School?

In most public schools, climate change is not a standard part of the school curriculum. This is primarily due to a lack of resources, a lack of teacher expertise, and the efforts of climate change deniers to push back against this type of education. So students are...

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Latin America & Caribbean Climate Week

Latin America & Caribbean Climate Week

Last year, regional collaboration emerged as a driver of global climate progress. The Glasgow Climate Pact agreed at COP26 recognizes Regional Climate Weeks as a platform for governments and stakeholders to foster a credible and durable response to climate change....

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Featured Connection: Chemical Oceanography

Featured Connection: Chemical Oceanography

Chemical oceanography is considered a niche area within the broader field of oceanography. Along with biological, physical, and geographical oceanography, it is one of the four main oceanographic areas. It is said that chemical oceanographers work at the "boundaries...

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Helping the Ocean by Reducing Single-Use Plastic

Helping the Ocean by Reducing Single-Use Plastic

On June 30, 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law the most ambitious single-use plastic reduction policy in the nation. California — which already has some of the most broad-reaching product stewardship and extended product responsibility (EPR) laws...

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Facing A Hostile Obstacle Course

Facing A Hostile Obstacle Course

According to a recent paper published in Nature Geoscience that studied the structural barriers to inclusiveness in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM), geoscience remains one of the least diverse disciplines with persistent...

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New Study Identifies Rapidly Emerging Threats to the Ocean

New Study Identifies Rapidly Emerging Threats to the Ocean

A recently published global study of issues impacting marine and coastal biodiversity conservation in the journal Nature, Ecology & Evolution outlines new, potentially unexpected threats to ocean ecosystems and vulnerable coastal communities. These threats are in...

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Supreme Court Limits E.P.A.’s Authority on Emissions

Supreme Court Limits E.P.A.’s Authority on Emissions

In a significant blow to addressing the causes of climate change, today the Supreme Court stripped the federal government of a crucial tool to combat air pollution. Not being either environmental or constitutional lawyers (or lawyers of any kind, for that matter), we...

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Featured Connection: Marine Conservation

Featured Connection: Marine Conservation

Marine conservation is the protection of marine species and ecosystems in oceans and seas. And while the definition of marine conservation is fairly straightforward, the field of marine conservation is as vast as the ocean itself.  Marine conservation ranges from...

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Why Connect?

Why Connect?

We certainly devote a lot of space on this website to explaining how to connect to the ocean, but not so much as to why you should connect. And that's because we all have our own, often unique, reasons for connecting. For some, it is an environmental imperative. For...

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Celebrate Freedom

Celebrate Freedom

“Struggle is a never-ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation.”  — Coretta Scott King

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Featured Connection: Marine Biology

Featured Connection: Marine Biology

Among all the ocean sciences, marine biology is one of the most popular among high school students. We are not sure if this is because of all the ocean sciences, it is the one typically offered at the high school level, or because students think being a marine...

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Phasing Out Single-Use Plastic

Phasing Out Single-Use Plastic

On World Ocean Day, the Secretary of the Interior issued an order which aims to reduce the procurement, sale, and distribution of single-use plastic products and packaging with a goal of phasing out single-use plastic products on Department-managed lands by 2032.  The...

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World Ocean Day 2022

World Ocean Day 2022

On World Ocean Day, people everywhere can unite to celebrate and take action for our shared blue planet, with one ocean and one climate, which connect us all. Get together with your family, community, and /or your company, and join with millions of others around our...

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Featured Connection: Ecotourism

Featured Connection: Ecotourism

As a multi-trillion-dollars business, travel, and tourism is a vitally important part of the economy. Pre-COVID, the travel and tourism industry was responsible for over 330 million jobs and contributed over 10 percent to the global gross domestic product.  But all...

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Transforming Ocean-Bound Plastic into Sustainable Products

Transforming Ocean-Bound Plastic into Sustainable Products

It's no secret that the ocean is suffocating with plastic waste. Some scientists predict that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. We discovered one company - #tide ocean material - that is collecting ocean-bound plastic waste in Southeast Asia...

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Featured Connection: Digital Media

Featured Connection: Digital Media

Whether through Twitter, Instagram, or your favorite blog, most of us now get our news online. We don’t have the time or patience to sit through a lengthy newscast or flip through pages of newsprint. Give us the headlines in 280 characters or a one-minute video, and...

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The State of the Global Climate 2021

The State of the Global Climate 2021

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) report on the state of the global climate revealed that four key climate change indicators – greenhouse gas concentrations, sea level rise, ocean heat and ocean acidification – set new records in 2021. According to the WMO...

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Featured Connection: Marine Microbiology

Featured Connection: Marine Microbiology

Marine microbiology is the study of microorganisms that exist in saltwater environments, including the deep ocean, coastal waters, estuaries, marine surfaces, and seafloor sediments. Too small to be seen with the naked eye, these resilient microorganisms (or...

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Mass Extinction of Marine Life

Mass Extinction of Marine Life

A new study by two Princeton University researchers has concluded that ocean warming caused by greenhouse gas emissions could result in the extinction of marine life on par with the mass extinction of the dinosaurs. Tropical waters would suffer the largest loss of...

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Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!

And shouldn't every day be Earth Day? Thank you to all those dedicated people and organizations that do so much to keep our planet liveable.

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Microplastics Found in Human Blood

Microplastics Found in Human Blood

For the first time, scientists have found evidence of microplastics in human blood. The study, published in the journal Environmental International, found traces of tiny plastic particles in 80% of the people tested. Microplastics, defined as small pieces of degraded...

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5 Things You Can Do to Help the Ocean

5 Things You Can Do to Help the Ocean

When it comes to preserving the health and well-being of our single greatest resource, we can all do a little more (and, in some cases, a lot less). Here are five suggestions to get you started. Start a petition to get your town to ban the use of plastic bags.Cut down...

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