The Port of Savannah used to export cotton picked by enslaved laborers and brought from Alabama to Georgia on slave-built railways. Cotton is still a top product processed through this port.
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Geographers are documenting slave-built infrastructure, from railroads to ports, in use today. Such work could influence the reparations debate by showing how slavery still props up the US economy.
Whales are rediscovering their old haunts in the Arctic and Southern oceans after centuries of hunting.
Efficient shipping and storage could prevent a lot of wasted vaccines.
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COVID-19 vaccines have very specific storage requirements that make shipping a difficult task. Two ideas – fulfillment centers and cross-docking – could help overcome some distribution challenges.
In early 2020, stranded cruise ships became a stark symbol of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Now it's seafarers stranded on cargo ships.
A boat navigates at night next to large icebergs in eastern Greenland.
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The Arctic has been a remote place for much of its history. But climate change is bringing global problems and opportunities to its door.
A female killer whale leaps from the water in Puget Sound near Seattle.
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Scientists had been uncertain about why killer whales are dying in the northeastern Pacific Ocean. A new study takes an in-depth look and provides the tools to help prevent additional deaths in the future.
China's signature foreign policy is controversial for lots of reasons. But the environmental damage potentially wrought by the project has received scant attention.
It's high time the international shipping industry radically curbed its emissions. The industry must set a net-zero target and adopt a realistic plan to meet it.
Multiple ocean industries are rapidly growing, but efforts to protect vulnerable habitats are stalling.
A large cargo ship waiting to be scrapped in Alang, India.
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Shipbreaking is one of the world's most dangerous jobs – but it doesn't have to be.
After the oil spill, the usual sight of families strolling by the sea was quickly replaced by volunteers working hard in a concerted effort to protect their coast.
Workers collect seaweed and straw mixed with leaked oil from the MV Wakashio on August 15.
Independent investigations will need to look into potential failures in response to the disastrous Mauritian oil spill.
The destroyed port in Beirut.
Abandoned containers of hazardous goods are found regularly in ports.
Oceans are teeming with life and are connected to society through history and culture, shipping and economic activity, geopolitics and recreation.
International law does not meaningfully address biodiversity conservation in the high seas. We risk losing marine species before we have a chance to identify and understand them.
Suspected pirates surrender to the U.S. Coast Guard off the coast of Somalia in 2009.
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In 2019, there were fewer attacks and attempted attacks on ships than there had been in 25 years. The coronavirus may bring economic and political changes that make piracy worse in the coming years.
Being stuck on a ship is not only unpleasant, it's also very dangerous.
The Ruby Princess off the coast of Sydney on April 5 2020.
The same business model that has enabled the cruise industry to prosper could also spell its demise.
A cruise ship leaves Resolute Bay, Nunavut, in the summer of 2014.
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Arctic cod are key prey for seals, whales and seabirds. What happens when ship noise drives them away?
Making ammonia produces almost 2% of global carbon dioxide emissions.
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Navies, and other security agencies, won't be able to improve maritime security as long as root causes on land are not addressed.