Perhaps one day, robots could be cleaning up human-caused pollution in the ocean. At least that’s what scientists at Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS) hope to achieve with the development of Jellyfish-Bot, a robotic device that resembles a jellyfish that could help pick up pollutants underwater. The robot is about the size of […]
Each year, Earth Day provides an opportunity to reflect on the natural world and the benefits it confers to humanity. Conservation and preservation typically dominate the conversation. Well-meaning, these can unwittingly create a narrative that we can only protect wild spaces by keeping humans out; and we wonder why this doesn’t inspire sufficient action to address our pressing environmental challenges.
Beneath Earth’s coastal waters lie vast forests of a nutritious and useful brown algae seaweed known as kelp. For thousands of years, kelp has sustained and been a part of the culture of people around the world. A new study published in Nature Communications has found that the planet’s vast undersea kelp forests generate an […]
Researchers have found polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) in samples of sediment sourced about 8,000 meters deep in the Atacama Trench, a deep-sea trench in the Pacific Ocean about 100 miles (160 kilometers) off the coasts of Peru and Chile. Despite bans spanning back to the 1970s, PCB remains are still threatening the environment. New research, published […]
Designated as a protected area in 1998, the Galápagos Marine Reserve (GMR) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest marine protected areas on Earth. Covering approximately 51,352 square miles, the GMR is home to Galápagos penguins, Galápagos brown pelicans, Galápagos sea lions, the blue-footed booby and other unique animal species. Recently, […]
The global ocean surface temperature reached 21.1°C (69.98°F) in early April, the highest recorded ocean surface temperature since records began. The recorded high beat the previous highest ocean surface temperature of 21.0°C, recorded in 2016. The daily Sea Surface Temperature hit 21.1°C on April 1 and remained there through April 6, as recorded by the […]
Evidence from the last ice age has troubling implications for future sea level rise. The research, published in Nature Wednesday, found that ice sheets could collapse around 20 times faster than previously assumed as the climate warms. “Our research provides a warning from the past about the speeds that ice sheets are physically capable of […]