Why do we name tropical storms and hurricanes?

April 24, 2017

Storms are given short, distinctive names to avoid confusion and streamline communications Until the early 1950s, tropical storms and hurricanes were tracked by year and the order in which they occurred during that year. Over […]

Why do turtles eat plastic?

April 24, 2017

By Stacey Venzel Aquatic turtles are used to chomping at things floating through the water, which they expect to be food. It wasn’t until humans came along that turtles have had to be careful about […]

What should I do if I find a baby turtle?

April 17, 2017

By Stacey Venzel Baby humans are small but not nearly as small as baby turtles. The intelligence of a baby turtle also far exceeds that of a newborn infant. Even baby turtles know where they […]

What can be done to help turtles?

April 3, 2017

By Stacey Venzel Turtles lived on this earth long before us, so they are very good at adapting and healing. Sometimes, they could use a little shove in the right direction to get them on […]

Do turtles cause any problems for humans?

March 27, 2017

By Stacey Venzel Mosquitoes and other annoying creatures dubbed pests are unwelcome for a reason, especially when attempts to lessen their impact do not keep them at bay, such as failed attempts with insect repellent. […]

How does climate change affect coral reefs?

March 15, 2017

The varied effects of climate change are changing the ocean; these changes dramatically affect coral reef ecosystems. Climate change is the greatest global threat to coral reef ecosystems. Scientific evidence now clearly indicates that the […]

How does overfishing threaten coral reefs?

March 14, 2017

Overfishing can deplete key reef species and damage coral habitat. Coral reef ecosystems support important commercial, recreational, and subsistence fishery resources in the U.S and its territories. Fishing also plays a central social and cultural […]

How does land-based pollution threaten coral reefs?

March 13, 2017

Many serious coral reef ecosystem stressors originate from land-based sources, most notably toxicants, sediments, and nutrients. Impacts from land-based sources of pollution—including coastal development, deforestation, agricultural runoff, and oil and chemical spills—can impede coral growth […]

What are the biggest threats to turtles?

March 13, 2017

By Stacey Venzel Hunting, habitat destruction, food shortage, global warming, pollution, litter, boating, fishing and tourism are the main concerns facing today’s turtles. These are almost solely human-related causes, an unsettling truth but also suggestive […]

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