Most productivity gurus say that when you hit a wall, you should switch tasks. This is how I ended up reading a paper about beavers who managed to hijack a wetland restoration for their benefit. So congratulations! You’re in the right place to learn some fancy philosophy terms and think about wetlands from a whooole … Continue reading
Tag Archives: Policy
The Value of Invention: 3 Years of the Ocean Cleanup (and UNdertheC!)
UNdertheC was founded 3 years ago this month, which may lead you to ask, what other outlandishly successful marine initiatives share our inaugural year of 2013? The most prominent seems to be the Ocean Cleanup, and HOLY COW. The last time I’d paid much attention to the project, it was still a somewhat dreamy approach … Continue reading
Dollarizing Nature: once bad, but now nature’s best chance?
John Muir once said, “nothing dollarable is safe”. He said this during the time that he voraciously debated with Gifford Pinchot on the how we as a society should view the natural world. While Pinchot focused on the sustainable use of natural resources for the next generation to use, Muir argued for a complete lack … Continue reading
The future of coral reefs: will super El Nino’s destroy “super” corals?
Coral reefs are some of the most diverse and important ecosystems on earth. If you didn’t know that already you probably wouldn’t be here. For background on see these links (1, 2, 3). Also, reefs are beautiful and really cool (see below). However, corals are very sensitive to changes in their environment. They are especially … Continue reading
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
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
Let the countdown begin!
We are exactly one month away from the ‘Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’! That’s a mouthful. But what it really means is: the 2015 United Nations Climate Submit begins November 30th. Which is kind of a big deal and could finally (?) mean an international (and even … Continue reading
The ‘hiatus’ that never was
Let’s start off with a little game of good news, not-so-good news. First, some good news: a recent survey released by the nonprofit foundation ClearPath reveals that the majority (~56%) of Republican voters, and even many of those that identify as conservative Republicans (~54%), accept that the climate is changing and that human activity is … Continue reading
This Week in #Oceanoptimism — Marine Reserves on the Rise
Have you ever heard of the Pitcairn Islands? Answer: Unless you’ve read or seen Mutiny on the Bounty (based on real events), probably not. Well, they are a small group of islands in the middle of the Pacific about halfway between New Zealand and South America. Earlier this month, the British government turned these tiny … Continue reading
Florida Escapes Climate Change, And Why That’s Not Really Funny
You know those people who take at least 1.5 times longer to do something than anyone else? It doesn’t seem to matter what exactly they’re doing; if they’ve undertaken a certain task, you’d better get comfortable and expect them to be running late. It’s probably frustrating to be on the receiving end of that, wondering … Continue reading