A Cheap, Natural Way to Clean Up Oil Spills

Written by on August 13, 2013 in Marine Life

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Cactus “flesh” cleans up toxic water

Researchers from the University of South Florida have found a natural, cheaper way to clean oil and other toxins from water: flesh (mucilage) from the prickly pear cactus. The research team hopes to develop a water purification system using cactus mucilage for use in lower income communities and to aid in oil spill cleanup. Watch the following video to learn more.

Due to overexploitation, Spain’s fishing quotas are cut for 2013

The European Commission (EC) recently reported that Spain’s fishing quota will be reduced by about 800 tons this year in order to compensate for overfishing in 2012. Hake were most the most overfished last year so that quota will be cut by over 475 tons. The EC also said that other quota deductions will be put in place if overfishing by more than five percent continues. Other nations to receive fishing quota cuts include Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, France, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, the UK and Romania.

Healthy and bleached coral.

Healthy and bleached coral. Photo credit: NOAA.

Scientists call for global action on coral reefs

A new paper says that without immediate action, coral reefs in the Caribbean won’t survive past this century due to the effects of climate change. The authors stress the need for cuts in carbon emissions and note that Caribbean reef growth has already slowed over the last 30 years and within the next 20 to 30 years, the reefs may stop growing altogether. And the Caribbean isn’t the only place that’s in trouble; the Great Barrier Reef has already lost an estimated 35 percent of its coral cover to crown-of-thorns starfish alone.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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