Remember in the 1990′s when the totality of the discussion of the environment seemed to be focused on the ozone layer? We’ve come quite a long way since then in many ways, but what remains is the gap in the ozone layer that is apparently not only increasing our chances of over-exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, but also changing the oceans.
Recent studies have found that the Antarctic ozone h… read more »
Like other years, as 2012 comes to a close many people take the time to reflect on the year’s events and start thinking about things that they will resolve to improve for the next year. If we consider 2012, the ocean has changed much as a result of human impact, from rising sea and acidity levels, to shifts in marine life cycles and storm patterns. As the new year approaches let’s take the opportunity to make r… read more »
The Life of Pi… read more » is a recently released film that tells the story of a young boy Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel who, following a shipwreck, spends 227 days lost at sea with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Adapted by Academy Award winning director Ang Lee from a book by the same name written by Yann Martel, it is a compelling, though somewhat idealized, ode to the ocean in many ways. (If you haven’
For years scientists have warned that our oceans are becoming more acidic. Now there is ever more evidence that what is happening in the oceans is impacting marine life at the micro levels. Sea butterflies, microscopic sea snails that live in the layer of water nearest the surface (200 meters), are showing evidence of corrosion due to increasing acidity in the seas.
Sea butterflies, otherwise known as holoplan… read more »
One year and eight months have passed since the nuclear disaster that occurred in Fukushima Daiichi, Japan in the wake of the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The 9.3 magnitude quake set off a tsunami that reached heights of up to 133 feet, devastating many areas, taking thousands of lives and causing the meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima nuclear plant. In the end, it seems the short term impact of the tsu… read more »
One week after Hurricane Sandy has left an indelible mark on the northeastern seaboard, the lengthy process of rebuilding and reconfiguring begins. It is clear that with many states, cities and coastal communities at risk that things will need to change. But what is unclear is how.
In addition to many heavily populated cities, the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, stretching from New York to North Caroli… read more »
After the devastation that has happened across the eastern seaboard affecting states from North Carolina to Rhode Island, Hurricane Sandy has impacted more than just the physical landscape of the Eastern United States. The hurricane affected eighteen states, devastating many cities and leaving millions without electricity. In the aftermath people are taking notice and speaking out about the changing weat… read more »
After last week’s post about plankton, I was intrigued to read a few articles about a recent geoengineering experiment that might impact our tiny carbon dioxide absorbing allies.
In July 2012 under the scientific guidance of business man, Russ George, the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation conducted an experiment wherein which they dumped 100 tons of iron sulfate into the Pacific ocean, several… read more »
It doesn’t seem so long ago that in school I was taught that trees provide oxygen, a necessity for humans to live. As such we were educated about the importance of recycling paper and conserving to do our part in saving the trees. Now there is a new frontier in preserving a resource that generates oxygen. Plankton. Yes, plankton.
Plankton are any organisms living in the oceans, seas, or bodies of fresh water tha… read more »