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Word of Mouth
2:10 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Attack Of The Jellyfish!

Beautiful and deadly.
Credit madlyinlovewithlife via flickr Creative Commons

In early October, one of the largest nuclear reactors in the world was forced to shut down after a swarm of jellyfish flooded 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. Gwynn Guilford reported on the proliferation, which appears in large part to be related to the impact of humans on the oceans; her article appeared in Quartz.

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun July 21, 2013

Sea Level Rises Not Letting Up Anytime Soon

Pictured: flooding in Marblehead, Massachusetts caused by Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012.
Credit The Berkes

EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: 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?         -- Scott P., Fairfield, CT

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun June 2, 2013

The "All One Ocean" Campaign

Plastic litter on a beach, before clean-up.
Credit Bo Eide, courtesy Flickr

EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: What is the “All One Ocean” campaign?          --Bill O’Neill, Los Angeles, CA

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Word of Mouth
9:26 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Biological Stowaways: Deadly Ballast Water

A comb jellyfish from the National Zoo in Washington D.C.
Credit greyloch via flickr Creative Commons

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. Fred Pearce is the environment consultant for New Scientist discusses the stowaway problem and potential solutions with us.

Animals
5:08 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Just How Big Are The Eyes Of A Giant Squid?

This giant squid was caught about 10 miles off the shores of Oahu, Hawaii, in 1981. The pupil of its eye measured more than 3.5 inches across.
Current Biology

Originally published on Thu March 15, 2012 9:32 pm

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.

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.

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun March 4, 2012

"Underwater Wilderness" Areas

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

 

Dear EarthTalk:I heard the term “underwater wilderness” recently. What does it refer to?
-- Melissa Cook, via e-mail
 

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:22 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Hey, look what's down there...

 For some perspective, the Mariana Trench, a 2500 kilometer-long gash along the floor of the South Pacific, is as deep as Mount Everest is tall.  Recently, oceanographers from the University of New Hampshire discovered some new architecture lining the floor of the planet. With great precision, they’ve mapped vast bridges spanning the immense gap…and detected significant shifts in the walls of the trench.

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