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Plastic Pollution in the World's Oceans: More than 5 Trillion Plastic Pieces Weighing over 250,000 Tons Afloat at Sea

Plastic Pollution in the World’s Oceans: More than 5 Trillion Plastic Pieces Weighing over 250,000 Tons Afloat at Sea
Source: PLoS ONE

Plastic pollution is ubiquitous throughout the marine environment, yet estimates of the global abundance and weight of floating plastics have lacked data, particularly from the Southern Hemisphere and remote regions.

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Environment

Biomedical Science Ph.D. Career Interest Patterns by Race/Ethnicity and Gender

Interesting analysis by Kenneth Gibbs Jr. featured in PLoS one about trends in biomed science careers based on race and gender.  Importantly, the group finds that on average, scientists from all social backgrounds show decreased interest in faculty careers at research universities, and significantly increased interest in non-research careers at Ph.D. 201 more words

Science

Study finds more than 260,000 tons of plastic floating in the ocean

TORONTO – A new study estimates more than five trillion pieces of plastic are floating in the world’s oceans collectively weighing nearly 269,000 tons.

The data collected by scientists from the U.S., France, Chile, Australia and New Zealand was published Wednesday in the open-access, … 304 more words

News

Killing wolves leads to more dead cattle, study finds

Washington State University researchers have found that it is counter-productive to kill wolves to keep them from preying on livestock. Shooting and trapping lead to more dead sheep and cattle the following year, not fewer. 618 more words

News

Scientists find ancient case of human cancer

SASKATOON – A group of researchers, including a Saskatchewan scientist, have found what may be the oldest case of human cancer in the world. Bones of a man exhumed in Siberia that date back 4,500 years to the Early Bronze Age show he had lung or prostate cancer, which eventually spread through his body from his hip to his head. 436 more words

Science

Effects of Climate Variability and Accelerated Forest Thinning on Watershed-Scale Runoff in Southwestern USA Ponderosa Pine Forests

Effects of Climate Variability and Accelerated Forest Thinning on Watershed-Scale Runoff in Southwestern USA Ponderosa Pine Forests
Source: PLoS ONE

The recent mortality of up to 20% of forests and woodlands in the southwestern United States, along with declining stream flows and projected future water shortages, heightens the need to understand how management practices can enhance forest resilience and functioning under unprecedented scales of drought and wildfire.

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Natural Disasters