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Microplastic Is Ruining the Beauty of Monterey Bay

Eva Hambach/AFP/Getty This story was originally published by Wired and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. California’s Monterey Bay is one of the more pure, more dynamic coastal ecosystems on Earth. Otters—once hunted nearly to extinction—float among towering kelp forests, which themselves have rebounded thanks to the booming otter population’s appetite for kelp-loving sea urchins.…

Killing Migratory Birds Has Been a Crime for Decades. Not Anymore.

Zach Gibson/Getty Images This story was originally published by Reveal and is shared here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  Under Republican and Democratic presidents from Nixon through Obama, killing migratory birds, even inadvertently, was a crime, with fines for violations ranging from $250 to $100 million. The power to prosecute created a deterrent that protected birds and enabled…