Highlights from the past week on the Ecology Global Network…
Josh Williams, from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, discussed the role of satellite data in measuring recent sea-level rise, and why the trend is certain to continue.
Penny Stallings brought us the story of a Miami taxidermist, indicted for illegal trafficking in endangered and protected wildlife – which he used to create unnatural and grotesque “works of art.”
Via video, Donald Sadoway of MIT, discussed the missing link in alternative energy – grid-size batteries for storage. Also via video, Expedition: Blue Planet explored how unsustainable demand is threatening the once-mighty Colorado River and the water supply of the American West.
Bridget Terry shared recipes from Paul McCartney’s newly released cookbook promoting meatless Mondays.
On Ecology Campus, students at UC Berkeley wrap-up their waste-reduction effort as participants in RecycleMania.
Here at Ecology Today…
Denmark announced an ambitious new climate and energy policy, and in the U.S., the EPA proposed new limits on carbon emissions that would effectively prohibit construction of new coal-fired power plants for the foreseeable future.
Filmmaker and explorer, James Cameron fulfilled a dream and became the first human to visit the bottom of the 6.8-mile (11 km.) deep Mariana Trench. As the second anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster approaches, we learned more about the damage done to the Gulf’s deep sea corals and the dolphin population.
Meanwhile in the North Sea, a gas leak at Total’s Elgin deepwater drilling rig is providing another example of what can happen when we push technology to the limits in search of fossil fuels that are ever more difficult to extract.
Nearly a year after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, we learned that conditions inside the Fukushima power plant are significantly worse than previously reported.
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