Pacific Northwest: 21 coastal spots have caffeine

The Pacific Northwest may be the epicenter of U.S. coffee culture, and now a new study shows the region's elevated caffeine levels don't stop at the shoreline.

After taking samples from 21 spots along the coast, researchers expected to find the most caffeine pollution in areas near wastewater treatment plants, large population centers or rivers and streams emptying into the ocean.

Instead, they found high caffeine levels near areas not near the potential pollution sources — and low levels of caffeine near large population centers.

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Coral: acidity plays a crucial role in reefs

Rising acid levels in the world's oceans have emerged as one of the biggest threats to coral reefs, acting as the "osteoporosis of the sea" and threatening everything from food security to tourism to livelihoods.

Oceans absorb excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, leading to an increase in acidity. Scientists are worried about how that increase will affect sea life, particularly reefs, as higher acid levels make it tough for coral skeletons to form.

Not convinced that this is a big deal? World Resources Institute has created a great short video that explains what coral reefs are, why they're so important, and the threats we're posing to their health.

Jean-Michel Cousteau: the turtle loves his wetsuit

Wetsuit brand Body Glove, Jean-Michel Cousteau and Ocean Futures Society have joined forces to protect and celebrate the World Oceans Day, on the 8th June 2012.


The son of Jacques Costeau is supporting the new line of wetsuits, rash guards, skins and other active lifestyle products by Body Glove.

A percentage of the sale of each Jean-Michel Cousteau wetsuit and other products will go to preserve and protect the oceans through the vital work of Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society.

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