In the spring of 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform exploded, initiating an uncontrolled deep-water oil and gas blowout from the Macondo wellhead. The uncontrolled hydrocarbon discharge continued for 85 days and the environmental impacts were substantial.
In yet another sobering sign that climate change is drastically altering our planet, National Geographic has updated its “Atlas of the World” in what it calls “one of the most striking changes in the publication’s history.”
Please note an exciting opening for a biologist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU APL).
Leopard seals can grow up to 12 feet (about 4 meters) long and sport heads bigger than a grizzly bear. Their razor-sharp teeth are made to rip apart seals, and they’ve been known to snatch people and drag them underwater.
Seventy years ago, the Administration of President Harry S. Truman released a groundbreaking report on the heels of the World War II Victory in Europe that sparked a scientific revolution in America. It was a document that put to work the technological, engineering and medical discoveries made during the conflict for peacetime uses.
This week, President Obama announced his Clean Power Plan, a multifaceted program to cut carbon emissions by 32 percent of their 2005 levels, by the year 2030.
Weekly update from Sherri Goodman, President/CEO of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
Two new species of submarine shrimp-like creature, capable of ‘stripping’ a pig carcass in a matter of days, have been discovered by a team of scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).
Many of Alaska’s more than 130 volcanoes are located along the 1,550-mile-long Aleutian Arc. It extends from the Alaska mainland west toward Kamchatka, Russia, and forms the northern part of the tectonically active “ring of fire” girding the Pacific Ocean basin.
A new study from scientists at the University of Hawai’i — Mānoa’s (UHM) Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) reveals that preconditioning adult corals to increased temperature and ocean acidification resulted in offspring that may be better able to handle those future environmental stressors. This rapid trans-generational acclimatization may be able to “buy time” for corals in the race against climate change.
Continuing current carbon dioxide (CO2) emission trends throughout this century and beyond would leave a legacy of heat and acidity in the deep ocean. These changes would linger even if the atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration were to be restored to pre-industrial levels at some point in the future, according to a new Nature Climate Change paper from an international team including Carnegie’s Ken Caldeira. This is due to the tremendous inertia of the ocean system.
Whales, like many cetaceans, are prone to respiratory tract infections, which can jeopardize already endangered populations. Assessing whales’ health, however, isn’t easy: Scientists hoping to measure bacteria and fungi in a whale’s “breath”—the moist air it shoots from its blowhole—need to get close enough to take a sample.