COP21- What actually happened at the Paris Climate Talks?
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COP21- What actually happened at the Paris Climate Talks?

Want to read what we think about the accord? Scroll to the bottom of this post to see our responses! In December 2015, representatives from almost 200 UN countries met in Paris for COP21 to discuss climate and the future of our planet. The group deliberated for almost 2 weeks before finally drafting an accord … Continue reading

The continuing disaster of the Deep-water Horizon Oil Spill
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The continuing disaster of the Deep-water Horizon Oil Spill

This article is a guest post by ODU undergradaute Ben Maxie. Ben works in the Barshis Lab and studies the evolution of stress tolerance in corals and other organisms.    The 2010 BP Deep-water Horizon oil spill was an environmental tragedy of immense magnitude. Five million barrels of toxic crude oil were leeched into the … Continue reading

Fake Plastic Fish: how consumerism ruins the ocean
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Fake Plastic Fish: how consumerism ruins the ocean

By now you’ve probably seen one of the many articles we have posted about plastics, recycling, and the garbage problem that plagues the world’s oceans (if not, check them out 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). Ocean pollution is obviously an issue that we here are UNdertheC are concerned about. Luckily, we aren’t the … Continue reading

The Rise of Marine Parks: Will it be Enough?
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The Rise of Marine Parks: Will it be Enough?

If you have been following this blog, you have become familiar with a myriad of issues facing our oceans today: acidification, global warming, over fishing, ect. Yet, what is actually being done about it? While most of the environmental headlines have focused on the Paris talks, only recently has news coverage begun to highlight the … Continue reading

Even in so called “Super Corals” temperature is still Kryptonite
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Even in so called “Super Corals” temperature is still Kryptonite

Can corals survive climate change? This is a question on the minds of many environmentalists and researchers these days. The short answer is: probably, but coral reefs as we know them likely cannot. Every coral may not go extinct, but reefs are degrading and will continue to do so if the status quo is not … Continue reading

Ice Ice Baby: what in the world is going on with Antarctica’s ice?
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Ice Ice Baby: what in the world is going on with Antarctica’s ice?

A couple of weeks ago a new study came out from NASA indicating that the Antarctica land mass is gaining ice. This study by Zwally and colleagues, indicates ice accumulation in East Antarctic continent exceeds the loss of ice from the Western Antarctic Peninsula (WAP). This study is contradictory to many studies that have been published on … Continue reading

Adulterated Science: Why not all Sci Comm is GOOD Sci Comm
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Adulterated Science: Why not all Sci Comm is GOOD Sci Comm

By now if you are a human (or cylon, I won’t judge) who has used the internet more than once, I expect you to have stumbled upon IFL Science. You probably come across it “on the regular” on your Facebook page. IFL Science is great for the lay person. It provides tons of scientific information … Continue reading

The California Drought: why I care and implications for sustainability
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The California Drought: why I care and implications for sustainability

The current drought in California has taken over the environmental sciences news headlines (not that there are a whole lot of environmental science headlines in the first place…) with the recent announcement of drastic mandatory cutbacks in water issued by the state’s governor.  Having lived on the east coast for the last 20 years of … Continue reading