Activists Open An Online Window Onto The Global Fishing Fleet

2016-09-20T08:54:02+00:00 September 20, 2016|

Since 2014 a small group of environmentalists has been using satellites to track fishing vessels across the world’s oceans, alerting authorities when boats appear to violate protected marine areas. Now these watchdogs are opening their system to the public with an online mapping tool calledGlobal Fishing Watch—and they are inviting anyone who can to put eyes on rogue fishers. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, a longtime environmental activist, was set to formally unveil the tool on Thursday at a conference in Washington, D.C., organized by the U.S. State Department.

Shark Fins And Meat Contain High Levels Of Neurotoxins Linked To Alzheimer’s Disease

2016-08-31T10:45:23+00:00 August 31, 2016|

Scientists found high concentrations of toxins linked to neurodegenerative diseases in the fins and muscles of 10 species of sharks. The research team suggests that restricting consumption of sharks can have positive health benefits for consumers and for shark conservation, since several of the sharks analyzed in the study are threatened with extinction due to overfishing.

Air Quality Is Boosting Chesapeake Bay Water, Researchers Say

2016-07-27T13:09:20+00:00 July 27, 2016|

University of Maryland researches are finding solid evidence for it. Since the Clean Air Act of the 1990’s, nitrogen pollution from coal fired powered plants has been reduced. “About a 30-percent decline has occurred over the entire watershed,” said Keith Eshleman, with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.

NASA Takes 23,000-foot View Of The World’s Coral Reefs

2016-06-13T10:41:24+00:00 June 13, 2016|

Coral reefs have almost always been studied up close, by scientists in the water looking at small portions of larger reefs to gather data and knowledge about the larger ecosystems. But NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is taking a step back and getting a wider view, from about 23,000 feet above.

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