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    Warmest sea temperatures in 30 years seen off California coast, but El Niño not a factor
    November 3, 2014 -- Hawaiian ono swimming off the California coast? Giant sunfish in Alaska? A sea turtle usually at home off the Galapagos Islands floating near San Francisco?

    Rare changes in wind patterns this fall have caused the Pacific Ocean off California and the West Coast to warm to historic levels, drawing in a bizarre menagerie of warm-water species. The mysterious phenomena are surprising fishermen and giving marine biologists an aquatic Christmas in November.
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    Beautiful UN stamps use endangered fish to make point
    October 31, 2014 -- The marine species featured on the latest stamps from the United Nations Postal Administration may be beautiful but they are also under threat.
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    'Pervasive' amounts of radioactive material found in LA, Long Beach harbors
    October 29, 2014 -- Scientists studying kelp beds along the coast of Southern California have detected "pervasive" amounts of a radioactive isotope known as Iodine-131 in the waters off the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
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    New York works to restore oyster population
    October 28, 2014 -- The woman sat in the muck beside the Bronx River in the northern part of New York City, measured the oyster between a pair of calipers, and called out to her partner. “31 ... no, 32 millimeters. Um, dead. No, alive! Wait.” She paused, noticing the two halves of the oyster shell had separated and filled with mud. “Dead,” she said sadly.

    Live oysters were what this small group of volunteers, scientists and activists fervently hoped to find in this distant corner of New York City, called Soundview, on that crystal clear morning in May.
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    Alarming new research suggests much of BP's spilled oil remains on the Gulf ocean floor
    October 27, 2014 -- Forty percent of the oil spilled from the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe was not consumed by bacteria and did not stay on the ocean’s surface due to the use of dispersants.
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LA TIMES: Alaska mine would be a Bristol Bay disaster waiting to happen

December 19, 2014 -- President Obama's decision to permanently protect Alaska's Bristol Bay and adjacent lands from oil and gas drilling is so clearly the correct decision that the only objections will come from those whose sole interest is the welfare of those two energy industries.