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What happens to natural gas in the ocean?

WHOI marine chemist Chris Reddy weighs in on a methane leak in the Baltic Sea

The spread of plastics and oil in Sri Lanka from the wreck of M/V X-Press Pearl

On May 20, 2021, the cargo ship M/V X-Press Pearl caught fire off the coast of Sri Lanka. The container ship was carrying 78 metric tons of a material known as plastic nurdles. What happens now?

How WHOI’s young pioneers once tried to look for the lost city of Atlantis

When a new oceanographic institution began in 1930 in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, it was one of the few in the world equipped to search for a fabled sunken city, described thousands of years ago by a Greek philosopher

A checkup for the oceans reveals threats to human health

The health of the world’s ocean is in serious decline—and human health is suffering as a result. A comprehensive report from the Monaco Commission and co-authored by several WHOI researchers investigates the impacts of ocean pollution and recommends actions to safeguard human health.

WHOI-assisted study finds ocean dumping of DDT waste was “sloppy”

An investigative report this week in the LA Times features the work of WHOI’s marine geochemistry lab in identifying the discarded barrels and analyzing samples from the discovery.

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From Oceanus Magazine

Are offshore wind farms harming whales?

WHOI whale biologist Mark Baumgartner weighs in

An open polar sea?

The once-romanticized notion of an ice-free Arctic comes full circle

A cabled ocean

Internet cables on the seafloor could advance how we track changes in the Arctic

The ocean gets a fresh look at UN Climate Conference

A peek inside the Ocean Pavilion’s immersive spaces

A cozy crusade

The mittens of Arctic explorer Matthew Henson tell the story of hope and determination