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Antarctica's New Mystery Carbon Sink

Captain Robert Falcon Scott, head of the second expedition to reach the South Pole, and who, with his team, died on his 1912. Living on for almost 100 years now are the specimens he collected along the way- among them some smaller “filter-feeding animals” that resemble branching twigs. These specimens, along with many others collected […]

February 25th

Report: Toxins Found in Whales Bad News for Humans

Bad news and bad news for whales these days — endangered baby whales are dying from the BP oil spill and the toxic dispersants used to “clean it up” and the International Whaling Committee has been discussing whether or not to legalize whaling of endangered whale species. Now, a new study finds that sperm whales […]

July 21st

Australia's Integrated Marine Information System Makes a Splash

There is literally an ocean of information floating around out there about almost anything you can think of, but seldom is that information brought together in an integrated, meaningful and useful way- especially when there are multiple governmental and scientific groups involved. But a new high-technology marine information system in the waters off of South […]

June 15th

Hormone Disruptor BPA is in the Water Now

Scientists have now confirmed that an increasingly infamous chemical (or hormone disruptor) that is linked to obesity, miscarriage, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and other health concerns is not just in our plastic bottles, soda cans and canned food, but it’s also in the water. What is likely to be the number one source? “Unbreakable” polycarbonate […]

April 16th

Rivers in the Desert: Solar-Powered Desalination

Water crises and water shortages are increasing around the world- at this point there are 1.2 billion people in 40 countries without reliable access to clean water. But what if there were a way to use the sun to turn oceans into drinking water? IBM and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), the […]

April 15th

Kiribati: Climate Change Refugees and Ambitious Conservation

Kiribati is a group of islands and atolls in the south Pacific- almost all Kiribati land is less than 3 meters above sea level. “Kiribati is a Christian country and has a strong belief … that the Almighty God will surely not destroy His own creation,” says Tukabu Tereroko, Kiribati Minister of the Environment. “However, […]

October 1st

Summer of 2009 the Warmest on Record for Oceans

Early in 2009 NASA predicted that 2009 and 2010 could be years of record global temperatures, and it seems they may be right. The Earth’s oceans have just finished their warmest summer on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. How long is “on record?” – since 1880. Deke Arndt, climate monitoring branch […]

September 23rd

Global Ocean Temperatures for July 2009 Break Records

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), July 2009 was the hottest month on record for the average global ocean surface temperature. The previous record was broken in 1998.  When combined with global land surface temperatures, July 2009 was the fifth warmest month since data collection began in 1880.

August 18th