Fake Plastic Fish: how consumerism ruins the ocean
Energy / Energy, News, and Climate / Marine Life / Marine Preservation / News / Policy

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?
Energy, News, and Climate / Marine Preservation / Policy / The HumanitSEAS

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

What you need to know about Japanese Whaling
Guest Posts / Marine Life / Marine Preservation / Policy / Uncategorized

What you need to know about Japanese Whaling

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.  Despite an adverse but nonbinding vote by the International Whaling Commission (IWC), Japan has sent a whaling fleet south to Antarctica. The fleet left on December … Continue reading

Even in so called “Super Corals” temperature is still Kryptonite
Energy, News, and Climate / Marine Life / Marine Preservation / Policy / Science

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

Pope Francis’ Radical Guide to Climate Change
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Pope Francis’ Radical Guide to Climate Change

Pope Francis released an encyclical on the environment in June, and your first thought was probably, “Should I care?”  Your second may have been, to quote 1920s presidential candidate Al Smith, “What the hell is an encyclical?”  Quick answers: 1) yes, no matter who you are, and 2) read on. Let’s start with the basics, … Continue reading