Report Shows Anatomy of a Political Crisis

Boats hose down a massive fire on the oil rigDeepwater Horizon, April 21, 2010.Photo Credit: ZUMApress.com By James HerronThe Wall Street Journal, October 7, 2010 The latest unflattering revelations about the U.S. authorities’ handling of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico should hardly come as a surprise. A report from investigators lays … Continue reading Report Shows Anatomy of a Political Crisis

Global Census of Marine Life reveals thousands of new species, other discoveries

Photo Credit: Gary Cranitch-Queensland Museum By Juliet Eilperin Washington Post Staff, October 4, 2010 A lone deep-sea snail living within a hydrothermal vent. The migratory tracks of great white sharks crossing ocean basins. Audio recordings of schools of fish the size of Manhattan, swimming in concert.hese are just a handful of the discoveries that came … Continue reading Global Census of Marine Life reveals thousands of new species, other discoveries

Researchers comb Monterey Bay for ghost fishers

A reserach team uses a remotelyoperated vehicle to look for lost fishing gearPhoto Credit: NOAA Monterey Bay By Jane LeeThe Monterrey Herald, September 30, 2010 A research team led by NOAA’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary recently went in search of ghosts in the waters off Monterey. They found them — or at least their … Continue reading Researchers comb Monterey Bay for ghost fishers

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