Taking the Pulse of Coral Reefs

Photo Credit: University of BristolLas Perlas Archipelago coral reef. Science DailySeptember 25, 2010Healthy reefs with more corals and fish generate predictably greater levels of noise, according to researchers working in Panama. This has important implications for understanding the behaviour of young fish, and provides an exciting new approach for monitoring environmental health by listening to … Continue reading Taking the Pulse of Coral Reefs

Is this the ugliest creature beneath the waves? Say hello to the plump pink sea pig

Photo Credit: PlanetOddity.com Sea pigs are usually found in groups of 300 to 600 on ocean floors all over the world Depending on your point of view, this alien-looking entity might resemble a potato that’s been left in the cupboard too long and sprouted shoots. You could mistake it for a fat slug with legs. … Continue reading Is this the ugliest creature beneath the waves? Say hello to the plump pink sea pig

‘Rapid’ 2010 melt for Arctic ice – but no record

The Arctic on 3rd September, as visualized usingdata from Nasa’s Aqua satellite. By Richard BlackBBC News, September 16, 2010 Ice floating on the Arctic Ocean melted unusually quickly this year, but did not shrink down to the record minimum area seen in 2007. That is the preliminary finding of US scientists who say the summer … Continue reading ‘Rapid’ 2010 melt for Arctic ice – but no record

Extreme Heat Puts Coral Reefs at Risk, Forecasts Say

The New York Times, Justin Gillis This year’s extreme heat is putting the world’s coral reefs under such severe stress that scientists fear widespread die-offs, endangering not only the richest ecosystems in the ocean but also associated fisheries that feed millions of people. From Thailand to Texas, corals are reacting to the heat stress by … Continue reading Extreme Heat Puts Coral Reefs at Risk, Forecasts Say

White House Says Gulf Drilling Ban Hasn’t Hurt Jobs

By Jared A. FavoleThe Wall Street JournalSeptember 16, 2010 The Obama administration said Thursday that a six-month moratorium on offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico has had a limited effect on employment despite concerns the ban would cripple coastal economies. The number of workers with jobs in the five Louisiana parishes that support … Continue reading White House Says Gulf Drilling Ban Hasn’t Hurt Jobs

Coral Disease Outbreaks Linked To Winter Temperatures, Not Just Warm Summers

NOAASeptember 16, 2010 For the first time, scientists have linked mild water temperatures during the preceding winter period with outbreaks of coral diseases on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. By studying satellite measurements of unusual sea surface temperatures, the international team of scientists also examined the magnitude of stress upon corals from unusually warm temperatures, particularly … Continue reading Coral Disease Outbreaks Linked To Winter Temperatures, Not Just Warm Summers

Gulf oil spill: After it hit beaches, where did it go?

Birds roam the shore after a rainstorm in Grande Isle, La. The beach was reopened to the public in early August, having been closed in the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill. Photo Credit: Gerald Herbert/AP On a morning stroll down the serene beaches of Grand Isle State Park, a visitor can watch as waves … Continue reading Gulf oil spill: After it hit beaches, where did it go?

World pays high price for overfishing, studies say

A fisher sells salmon from his boat in Steveston,British Columbia September 1, 2010.Photo Credit: Andy Clark/Reuters By: Allan DowdReuters, September 14, 2010 Decades of overfishing have deprived the food industry of billions of dollars in revenue and the world of fish that could have helped feed undernourished countries, according to a series of studies released … Continue reading World pays high price for overfishing, studies say