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Virtual reality may be a useful tool to increase public awareness and empathy for ocean environments. (Shutterstock)

Virtual reality may help us develop empathy for oceans and marine life

Empathy is an important factor in getting people to act on environmental issues. Virtual reality can bring oceans closer to home for those who can’t experience the wealth of marine ecosystems.
Scientists have been consistently documenting environmental changes at research sites like this one in the Cascade Mountains for decades. US Forest Service

Climate change is already disrupting US forests and coasts – here’s what we’re seeing at 5 long-term research sites

This kind of research, with consistent data collection at the same locations over time, helps support global understanding of climate change.
Miami and Miami Beach were built right up to the waterfront, with little room for nature. Shobeir Ansari via Getty Images

A 20-foot sea wall won’t save Miami – how living structures can help protect the coast and keep the paradise vibe

The Army Corps of Engineers is planning a sea wall 6 miles long and flood gates. The infrastructure might protect downtown from a hurricane storm surge, but most of the area will still be vulnerable.

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