ocean http://nhpr.org en 7.28.14:The Fuel Walk, The Power Of Whale Poo, And The Biggest Company You've Never Heard Of http://nhpr.org/post/72814the-fuel-walk-power-whale-poo-and-biggest-company-youve-never-heard <p>The oil boom is on in McKenzie county, North Dakota. More than 4000 wells have been drilled since 2008, and the county expects to be pumping for <em>decades</em>. Today, a UNH professor explains why he set out to learn more about North Dakota’s oil country, by walking 65 miles across it. Then, about 70 percent of the earth’s oxygen comes from marine plants. We slip beneath the surface to find out how a rebounding whale population could help spur phytoplankton growth…and slow climate change. Plus, we take a look at the China-based e-commerce behemoth Alibaba, the most powerful company you’ve never heard about.</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Listen to the full show and&nbsp;</span><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Read more</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;for individual segments.</span></p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:04:05 +0000 Word of Mouth 52691 at http://nhpr.org 7.28.14:The Fuel Walk, The Power Of Whale Poo, And The Biggest Company You've Never Heard Of 5.20.14: Rediscovering The Sea, Farming Better Fish, And A Visit To An Underwater Museum http://nhpr.org/post/52014-rediscovering-sea-farming-better-fish-and-visit-underwater-museum <p>With the weather warming up across New England, people are heading for the coast. Today Word of Mouth hits the high seas. First we'll ponder the unfathomable push and pull of the open ocean. Then, we’ll speak to an artist who created the world’s first submerged sculpture park, his underwater gallery not only attracts art-lovers, but serves as an artificial reef. Plus, farmed fish now exceeds beef production. Have fish farmers learned from the mistakes of the meat industry?</p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments</p><p> Tue, 20 May 2014 18:04:55 +0000 Word of Mouth 48753 at http://nhpr.org 5.20.14: Rediscovering The Sea, Farming Better Fish, And A Visit To An Underwater Museum Attack Of The Jellyfish! http://nhpr.org/post/attack-jellyfish <p>In early October, one of the largest nuclear reactors in the world was forced to shut down after a swarm of <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/01/jellyfish-clog-swedish-nuclear-reactor-shutdown" target="_blank">jellyfish flooded</a> and clogged its water cooling pipes. The bloom of jellyfish that devastated Sweden’s Oskarshamn nuclear plant is symptomatic of a global problem. Research out of the University of British Columbia shows a sixty-two percent increase in jellyfish blooms since 1950. Proliferation of the species has been crippling fishing and tourism all over the world and blooms are increasing in frequency, intensity and duration. <strong>Gwynn Guilford </strong>reported on the proliferation, which appears in large part to be related to the impact of humans on the oceans; her article appeared in <a href="http://qz.com/133251/jellyfish-are-taking-over-the-seas-and-it-might-be-too-late-to-stop-them/" target="_blank"><em>Quartz</em></a>.</p><p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 18:10:26 +0000 Virginia Prescott 37640 at http://nhpr.org Attack Of The Jellyfish! Sea Level Rises Not Letting Up Anytime Soon http://nhpr.org/post/sea-level-rises-not-letting-anytime-soon <p><strong>EarthTalk®<br>E - The Environmental Magazine</strong></p><p></p><p><strong><u>Dear EarthTalk</u></strong><strong>: Hurricane Sandy brought more sea water onto shorelines than I’d ever witnessed before and many communities near where I live are now being required to raise their homes up. What is the prognosis for sea level rise in the years immediately ahead?</strong><em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -- Scott P., Fairfield, CT</em></p><p> Sun, 21 Jul 2013 04:00:00 +0000 32137 at http://nhpr.org Sea Level Rises Not Letting Up Anytime Soon The "All One Ocean" Campaign http://nhpr.org/post/all-one-ocean-campaign <p><strong>EarthTalk®<br>E - The Environmental Magazine</strong></p><p></p><p><strong><u>Dear EarthTalk</u></strong><strong>: What is the “All One Ocean” campaign?&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><em>--Bill O’Neill, Los Angeles, CA</em></p><p> Sun, 02 Jun 2013 04:00:00 +0000 30332 at http://nhpr.org The "All One Ocean" Campaign Biological Stowaways: Deadly Ballast Water http://nhpr.org/post/biological-stowaways-deadly-ballast-water <p>Thirty years ago, a North American ship dumped ballast water containing comb jellyfish into the black sea and triggered a catastrophic decline in marine life. A decade later, discharged ballast containing a strain of cholera contaminated shellfish of the coast of Peru, killing more than 12,000 Latin Americans. These cases of biological stowaways are being targeted by the United Nations for regulation – but the treaty that would prevent future catastrophes has yet to be ratified. <strong>Fred Pearce </strong>is the environment consultant for New Scientist <a href="http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21729106.000-ships-must-kill-off-the-beasties-in-the-ballast-water.html" target="_blank">discusses the stowaway problem</a> and potential solutions with us.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 13:26:16 +0000 Virginia Prescott 25546 at http://nhpr.org Biological Stowaways: Deadly Ballast Water Just How Big Are The Eyes Of A Giant Squid? http://nhpr.org/post/just-how-big-are-eyes-giant-squid Giant and colossal squids can be more than 40 feet long, if you measure all the way out to the tip of their two long feeding tentacles. But it's their eyes that are truly huge — the size of basketballs.<p>Now, scientists say these squids may have the biggest eyes in the animal kingdom because they need to detect a major predator, the sperm whale, as it moves toward them through the underwater darkness.<p>"It's always been a vexing question, of why they have such large eyes," says Roger Hanlon, a biologist at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass. Thu, 15 Mar 2012 21:08:00 +0000 Nell Greenfieldboyce 2551 at http://nhpr.org Just How Big Are The Eyes Of A Giant Squid? "Underwater Wilderness" Areas http://nhpr.org/post/underwater-wilderness-areas <p><strong>EarthTalk&reg;<br /> E - The Environmental Magazine</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><u>Dear EarthTalk</u></strong><strong>:I heard the term &ldquo;underwater wilderness&rdquo; recently. What does it refer to?</strong><br /><em>-- Melissa Cook, via e-mail</em><br />&nbsp;</p> Sun, 04 Mar 2012 05:00:00 +0000 2260 at http://nhpr.org "Underwater Wilderness" Areas Hey, look what's down there... http://nhpr.org/post/hey-look-whats-down-there <p>A team from UNH made some pretty cool discoveries about the world's deepest hole, the Mariana Trench.</p> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 17:22:32 +0000 Virginia Prescott 1877 at http://nhpr.org Hey, look what's down there...