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TRUNK BAY, St. John — While sunscreen is proved to have positive effects on humans, it actually has massively damaging effects on coral reefs, researchers discovered in a recent study. The study, released Tuesday, found that even a tiny amount of sunscreen — equivalent to a drop of water in

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Nancy Albury and Dr. David Steadman at a blue hole dive site, Sawmill Sink on Abaco Island. THE BAHAMAS — Some 100 fossil species found in a flooded cave on Abaco Island reveal a story of persistence against all odds – at least until the time humans first stepped foot on

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CHRISTIANSTED – The pristine white beaches may not be as famous as those of the Virgin Islands, but their unspoiled beauty makes them a haven for locals and tourists alike. But now the shimmering coastlines of western Africa are being destroyed by a mysterious brown seaweed which scientists link to

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Beaches near some of the most expensive vacation properties on St. Thomas remain unfit for swimming or fishing for the second week in a row, according to the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources. DPNR said today that Frenchman’s Bay and Bolongo Bay remain unsafe due

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MIAMI – The world’s coral reefs are in the midst of a mass die off – a “white death” spanning the globe. That’s the stark message from reports about the impact of a monster El Niño that is warming the world’s oceans. With hundreds of millions of people relying on

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – All beaches in St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas have been deemed unfit for swimming or fishing due to excessive bacterial contamination from rainwater runoff, according to the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR). DPNR’s Division of Environmental Protection (DEP) said it “anticipates negative environmental

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        EPA’s Judith Enck CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Nearly $5 million that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was holding in abeyance until the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources did a better job routinely testing air and water quality in the territory will now be released, according to Government House.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Two beaches in the Virgin Islands have tested unsafe for swimming or fishing, according to the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources. They are: Water Bay in St. Thomas and Frank Bay in St. John, DPNR said in a written statement. DPNR performed water quality analysis at the 33

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CHRISTIANSTED – Decaying seaweed washing up on the North Shore coast that smells like rotten eggs has been labeled a ‘natural disaster’ after tourists cancelled their holidays because of it. The picture-perfect beaches and turquoise waters that people expect on their visits to the St. Croix are increasingly being fouled

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Tropical Storm Erika’s effects in Dominica MIAMI – This year’s Atlantic hurricane season has had more named storms than last year already, but overall the severity of tropical weather has been weak — thanks in part to El Niño, forecasters say. The Atlantic hurricane season typically produces six to 11

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