"Phytoplankton are tiny, plant-like organisms that live in the ocean and are, basically, at the very bottom of the food chain. But, sometimes, they get their revenge. When lots and lots and lots of phytoplankton get together, they can form what we call a "red tide," a discoloration of the water at a particular point where the plankton have become densely concentrated."
A personal story, a collective triumph: Dyan deNapoli tells the story of the world’s largest volunteer animal rescue, which saved more than 40,000 penguins after an oil spill off the coast of South Africa.
"From the early 1970s onwards, Bill Viola (b.1951) has created a rich array of videotapes, architectural video set-pieces, works for television and diverse tableaux involving electronic sound and other new media. Indeed, during these years Viola and his long-time collaborator Kira Perov have played a major role in transforming video from a scientific invention into an emotive aesthetic language."
"On Midway Atoll, a remote cluster of islands more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent, the detritus of our mass consumption surfaces in an astonishing place: inside the stomachs of thousands of dead baby albatrosses. The nesting chicks are fed lethal quantities of plastic by their parents, who mistake the floating trash for food as they forage over the vast polluted Pacific Ocean."
I'm currently at sea on the Research Vessel Thompson engaged in the Visions'11 expedition. We are working on the infrastructure for a cabled ocean observatory, part of the NSF Ocean Observatories Initiative.
About 300 million tons of plastic is produced globally each year. Only about 10 percent of that is recycled. Of the plastic that is simply trashed, an estimated seven million tons ends up in the sea each year.
New research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says the most recent global climate report "fails to capture trends in Arctic sea-ice thinning and drift," and in some cases "substantially underestimates these trends."...
"Perhaps our species’s greatest misconception about the sea was that it is inexhaustible. The idea seems rather silly now, in a world where most people are familiar with the word “overfishing.” But men once gazed into the deep and imagined that it teemed with life so plentiful that we could take and take without ever running out."
THE federal government warns that as many as 274,000 homes along Australia's coast could be swallowed by rising sea levels over the next 90 years, threatening streets, suburbs and perhaps even townships.
"Since the early 1980’s, the story of how whales walked into the sea has become one of the most celebrated of all evolutionary transitions. Pakicetus, Ambulocetus, Rodhocetus, and many, many more – these fossil whales with legs have beautifully demonstrated how land-dwelling mammals became adapted to life at sea. But, between 50 and 40 million years ago or so, whales were just going through a transition that many other vertebrate groups had gone through before. They were not the first vertebrates to return to the sea, nor were they the last, and a paper recently published in Paleobiology by paleontologists Johan Lindgren, Michael Polcyn, and Bruce Young has traced the history of how a very different group of animals got their sea legs."
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