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Researchers with the Chinese Academy of Sciences declared last year the warmest year for the ocean since reliable temperature record-keeping began in 1958, according to a study released on Thursday.

Several larger retailers announced new goals to deal with their plastic waste following the recent release of plastic reduction strategies in both the United Kingdom and the European Union.

As United States coastal regions worry about the risks of the Trump administration’s plan to expand offshore drilling, China offers a cautionary tale. Last Sunday a tanker carrying 1 million barrels of light crude oil sank in the East China Sea, about 180 miles (290 km) from the coast. Its 32-person crew is presumed dead.

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