Let’s turn the high seas into the world’s largest nature reserve

TED Talk:

What if we could save the fishing industry and protect the ocean at the same time? Marine ecologist Enric Sala shares his bold plan to safeguard the high seas — some of the last wild places on earth, which fall outside the jurisdiction of any single country — by creating a giant marine reserve that covers two-thirds of the world’s ocean. By protecting the high seas, Sala believes … [more…]

Underwater Speakers Help Revive Dying Coral Reefs

Underwater Speakers Help Revive Dying Coral Reefs, Study Finds

Photo: Soft Coral Scolymia, Getty

As coral reefs die they become silent graveyards, however, the introduction of underwater loudspeakers brings new life and helps to rejuvenate the coral reefs.

A recently published paper in Nature Communications highlights research focused on the impact of playing sounds around dead or dying corals. The findings were a pleasant surprise in the future conservation and recovery of coral reefs.

The researchers weren’t playing Kesha … [more…]

‘Only Option’: Japan May Dump Fukushima Nuclear Plant Water Into Pacific Ocean

‘Only Option’: Japan May Dump Fukushima Nuclear Plant Water Into Pacific Ocean

Photo: The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, seen on Feb. 22, 2016. (TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)

Japan’s environment minister said the country will have to dump large quantities of contaminated water from the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, which was damaged during the March 2011 earthquake, because the facility is running out of room.

During the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami, three Fukushima reactors were damaged. However, by 2022, storage space will … [more…]

Yard waste and litter can pollute storm water runoff

Careless discarding of yard waste and litter can pollute storm water runoff

There has been a lot of news lately about plastic in the oceans and overall ocean pollution. We can all agree that we want clean water and are turned off by pictures of trash in our oceans. Although we are far from the ocean, we can take action right here in Bartlett to help.

The majority of pollution in our waters comes from the land. A major contributor to pollution

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Salt-Water Fish Extinction Seen By 2048

Salt-Water Fish Extinction Seen By 2048

The apocalypse has a new date: 2048.

That’s when the world’s oceans will be empty of fish, predicts an international team of ecologists and economists. The cause: the disappearance of species due to overfishing, pollution, habitat loss, and climate change.

The study by Boris Worm, PhD, of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, — with colleagues in the U.K., U.S., Sweden, and Panama — was an effort to understand what … [more…]