Scientists excited about new lab at bottom of Pacific OceanLast Updated on 2013-05-19 00:00:00SEATTLE (AP) — Scientists are eager for access to information from a quarter-billion dollar lab at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean that they hope will teach them about climate change, earthquakes and even the origins of life on Earth and other planets.
The $239 million National Science Foundation project will install video cameras, seismic monitors and other gauges along a volcano in deep waters off the Pacific Northwest coast, giving researchers the ability to monitor activity 2 miles below the ocean surface.
The project could potentially warn of earthquakes that would threaten the Seattle area, according to scientists.
"It really will make a huge difference," said University of Washington oceanography professor John Delaney, who is leading the effort.
Thanks to nearly 600 miles of electrical wires and Internet cables this project will provide continuous information, separating it... More »
Saving leatherback sea turtles crucial to healing earthLast Updated on 2013-03-08 00:00:00
Sea turtles are ancient but not primitive. Having evolved on land some 200 million years ago, they spend their entire lives at sea except to lay eggs on rugged beaches around the globe.
Leatherback turtles are the largest of the seven sea-faring species and they are truly remarkable, most worthy of admiration and in dire need of protection.
Leatherbacks are Earth’s last giant warm-blooded reptiles; their weight can easily exceed one ton.
All sea turtles except leatherbacks have shells. Leatherbacks instead have backs with a jigsaw of thousands of small, thin bones overlaid by a thick matrix of oily fat and fibrous tissue. Their belly has only a narrow oval bone with heavy fibrous tissues.
They are the fastest-growing and heaviest reptiles in nature. And the fastest swimming turtle with the widest distribution.
Their four legs are wings in the sea and shovels on... More »
Blue Carbon: 2 Ocean Minutes w/ Jim ToomeyLast Updated on 2012-06-08 00:00:00
UNEP Celebrates World Oceans Day with the Premiere Launch of Two Minutes on Oceans with Jim Toomey!
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has partnered with cartoonist Jim Toomey – of Sherman’s Lagoon fame – in developing a series of six two-minute videos intended to raise awareness of the importance of oceans and the coastal environment. The videos use animation and humor to explain in clear and simple language the role oceans play in our lives and our very survival.
Partnerships for Resilience: Climate Change and Caribbean TourismLast Updated on 2012-01-14 00:00:00
November 24th 2010 - " Partnerships for Resilience: Climate Change and Caribbean Tourism" (16 min total) was produced by the CARIBSAVE Partnership to increase awareness of some of the threats facing the Caribbean's largest economic sector. The aim of the film is also to highlight opportunities for win-win adaptation strategies that provide immediate and long-term benefits. It showcases success stories from across the region of partnerships between communities, private sector and governments that are strengthening the social and environmental resilience of this vulnerable region.
Marshall Islands Declares World’s Largest Shark SanctuaryLast Updated on 2011-10-03 00:00:00The Marshall Islands is now home to the world’s largest shark sanctuary, an area of the central Pacific Ocean four times the size of California, The Pew Environment Group confirmed in a news announcement today. (Read the full announcement.)
The Washington-based conservation arm of The Pew Charitable Trusts, a nonprofit that works globally to establish pragmatic, science-based policies that protect the oceans, said the Nitijela, the Parliament of the Marshalls, passed legislation unanimously last week that ends commercial fishing of sharks in all 1,990,530 square kilometers (768,547 square miles) of the central Pacific country’s waters, an ocean area four times the landmass of California.
“We salute the Republic of the Marshall Islands for enacting the strongest legislation to protect sharks that we have seen,” said Matt Rand, director of global shark... More »
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