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In this photo made available by the Fire brigade of Marseille, the orange-brown sheet of pollution is seen in the Mediterranean sea at Martigues, near Marseille in southern France, Thursday July 23, 2020. It was part of a15-acre (6-hectare) orange-brown sheet of pollution spilled into a nationally recognized nature spot in the French Mediterranean sea Thursday, following a leak at a petrochemical plant near Marseille, the local fire service said. (Francois Etourneau via AP)

French refinery leaks toxic chemical into marine life area

Jul. 24, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — An orange-brown chemical sheet spread over 15 acres (6 hectares) of a nationally recognized marine life area in the French Mediterranean following a leak at a petrochemical plant in southern France, the local fire service said Friday. The leak at the Lavera refinery spilled 200 gallons or more...

In this Aug. 4, 2019 photo provided by Taylor Williams, a new species of seaweed covers dead a coral reef at Pearl and Hermes Atoll in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Researchers say the recently discovered species of seaweed is killing large patches of coral on once-pristine reefs and is rapidly spreading across one of the most remote and protected ocean environments on earth. A study from the University of Hawaii and others says the seaweed is spreading more rapidly than anything they've seen in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, a nature reserve that stretches more than 1,300 miles north of the main Hawaiian Islands. The algae easily breaks off and rolls across the ocean floor like tumbleweed, scientists say, covering nearby reefs in thick vegetation that out-competes coral for space, sunlight and nutrients. (Taylor Williams/College of Charleston via AP)

Aggressive seaweed smothers one of world's most remote reefs

Jul. 7, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Researchers say a recently discovered species of seaweed is killing large patches of coral on once-pristine reefs and is rapidly spreading across one of the most remote and protected ocean environments on earth. A study from the University of Hawaii and others says the seaweed is spreading...