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  • Did You Know: More Oysters Means Better Water?

    Oysters are filter-feeders. That means they suck in the water around them, filtering out the plankton and bits of dead animals and waste that they eat, then spit the water back out, free of that waste. The process feeds the oysters, produces food for humans, and cleans the water around them. Exactly how much these […] More

  • Sustainablog Takes the 4 Liter Challenge (w/ Video)

    Hi, gang! It’s been a while since our last post, and since then this “4 liter challenge” thing has surged in popularity and then kinda died down. A few weeks ago, however, our good friend Jeff McIntire-Strasburg took on the challenge and documented his day in words and YouTube videos which he was kind enough […] More

  • Fisheries Ranges Moving Due to Climate Change

    Fisheries ranges are moving due to climate change. Scientists had expected marine animals to move toward the poles to escape the warming waters. What they found is that many animals have, but animals along the California coast and in the Gulf of Mexico had headed south. How to explain this? More

  • Oyster Fisheries Respond to Ocean Acidification

    The first effects of climate change are being felt by those people dependent on the oceans for their livelihoods (and the insurance industry). Oyster fisheries have hit upon a temporary measure to respond to ocean acidification. More

  • Petroleum Coke and Its Effects on the Environment

    Now that Nebraska governor Dave Heineman has approved the Keystone XL pipeline route around the Sand Hills (but still through the Ogallala Aquifer’s recharge zones), the decision whether and when to approve the pipeline rests with President Obama. Four days before Obama’s second inauguration, the State Department received a new report on petroleum coke and its effects on the environment. More

  • Will Dissolving Rock in the Ocean Stop Climate Change?

    As the earth keeps warming, many geoengineering solutions are being put forward, such as dropping iron in the ocean or desalinating massive quantities of seawater. A recent study looked at one idea – grinding up olivine and dumping it into the sea – and found it would be extremely inefficient. More

  • Hurricane Sandy Aftermath – Photo and Video

    Hurricane Sandy was a thousand miles wide when it made landfall in New Jersey Monday evening. The storm wreaked havoc on several states, combining with two other weather systems to produce flooding, storm surges, wind damage, and blizzards. More

  • Arctic Sea Ice Shrinks to Lowest Recorded Level

    Arctic sea ice shrank to its lowest recorded level in the more than thirty years of satellite images. This visualization from NASA shows the extent of the sea ice on 26 August 2012. The yellow line shows the average minimum level of the sea ice for the years 1979-2010. More

  • Worldwide Drought as of August 2012

    The above image from the Global Drought Monitor shows the extent of the drought worldwide as of August 2012. More than 152 million people are living in areas experiencing exceptional drought (the dark red areas), which is defined as “exceptional and widespread crop and pasture losses; exceptional fire risk; shortages of water in reservoirs, streams, and wells creating water emergencies.” More

  • Watching Ice Melt is Exciting

    A massive summer storm settled over the Arctic and melted a lot of the ice just with the wind and the pressures caused by the storm. Not all the ice is gone, but it’s noticeable in the satellite images, just over the last week. More

  • Far-Reaching Impact of Humans

    Think globally, act locally. That environmental slogan popular in the eighties is still just as relevant as this author’s visit to Alaska really shows. More

  • Glacier Retreat Affects Salmon Fisheries

    As global temperatures rise, glaciers retreat, affecting the landscape and wildlife around them. Salmon depend on the glaciers to maintain their habitat. Without it, salmon and the people who depend on them for their livelihood may be in trouble. More

  • Dugongs and Sea Grass

    Dugongs are a marine mammal which live in warm coastal waters in the Indian Ocean and southern Pacific Ocean. They are slow-moving, long-lived, and at risk of extinction. More

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