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Plastics Pile up in the North Pacific Gyre

Plastic garbage makes its way from our streets to the sea. Learn where many of these plastics end up, how they impact marine life, and what you can do to help.

Audio Posted: June 15, 2010 | Running time: 1:36

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Orrin H. Pilkey

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Rising Seas and Shifting Shores: The Global Impact of Sea Level Rise

Orrin Pilkey is a research professor and James B. Duke Professor Emeritus at the Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment. He has received a number of awards including the Shepard medal for excellence in Marine Geology, The Priestly Award and public service awards from several geology societies. He has published 260 technical papers and edited and or written 40 books, the latest of which is The Rising Sea.

Audio Posted: March 15, 2010 | Running time: 4:09

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Breakwater: Alternative 2  buttonLink

The world’s largest breakwater is under scrutiny.

The second alternative set forth by the Reconnaissance Study removes the western third of the breakwater. This creates the possibility for waves to reach the shore and water quality improvements, but also the likelihood of the need for mitigation for the Port and the THUMS Islands.

Audio Posted: November 25, 2009 | Running time: 1:57

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Breakwater: Alternative 1  buttonLink

The world’s largest breakwater is under scrutiny.

The first alternative set forth by the Reconnaissance Study is proposed by long-time Long Beach resident and engineer Bud Johnson. This is the most cost effective alternative, but researchers think that it does not address the concerns for water quality, habitat improvements, and recreation.

Audio Posted: October 26, 2009 | Running time: 2:25

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John Seager

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Global Population and Climate Change

Dr. Seager is the president and CEO of Population Connection. He attained a Ph.D. in animal ecology and population dynamics and a BSc in Zoology at the University of Wales. Dr. Seager believes there is a clear connection between human population growth and virtually every global challenge from poverty to climate change and from species extinction to the political instability of failed nation-states.

Audio Posted: October 19, 2009 | Running time: 4:18

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Purposeful Predators  buttonLink

You many think that the oceans would be a safer place for all life if top predatory sharks were gone, but just the opposite is true.

Top predatory sharks play a crucial role in the oceans ecosystems. Their predatory behaviors on sick, injured, and lesser predatory animals keep ocean food webs thriving. When you remove top predatory animals, the results can be devastating.

Audio Posted: September 15, 2009 | Running time: 1:44

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