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Save our seas: five ways to rewild and conserve the ocean | Oceans

Save our seas: five ways to rewild and conserve the ocean | Oceans

1. Give nature a helping hand by reintroducing species Some ocean species and habitats struggle to recover on their own and need help. Take sea otters, which were virtually eliminated by the end of the 19th century by commercial hunting for their super-dense pelts. From the 1960s to 1990, some sea otters were moved to repopulate places where they had once lived. Today there are about 150,000 sea otters in the wild and a third of them are descended from translocated otters. Sunflower sea stars (Pycnopodia helianthoides) can grow to the size of bike wheels. After disease devastated their populations, scientists began to breed them in aquariums. Photograph: naturediver/Getty/iStockphoto The US Fish and Wildlife Service is now considering moving more otters to fill in the gaps, including along the coast north of San Francisco. The motivation for this is partly because otters can help keep entire ecosystems healthy. Without otters to keep their numbers down, sea urchin populations explode and kelp forests become grazed down to the seabed. When otters returned to Alaska and British …

The Tiny Nation at the Vanguard of Mining the Ocean Floor

The Tiny Nation at the Vanguard of Mining the Ocean Floor

Two ships arrived in the Cook Islands in the South Pacific in March of last year. One was a familiar sight: a massive cruise ship, bringing hundreds of tourists to the pristine shores of this nation of 15,000 people. The other, a neon-orange vessel hauling complex scientific equipment, was more unusual. On a nearby wharf, Prime Minister Mark Brown and many other prominent citizens had gathered to celebrate the smaller boat’s arrival. To Mr. Brown, the cruise ship represented his country’s troubling dependence on tourism. He described the other vessel, owned by an international mining company, as a harbinger of incredible wealth. The Cook Islands is at the vanguard of a quest to mine the ocean floor for minerals used in electric car batteries. Mining these deposits has never been attempted on a large scale, but their reserves are so vast, proponents argue, that extracting them could power the world’s shift away from fossil fuels. It would be a transformation for the Cook Islands, as well: Seabed mining could generate tens of billions of dollars …

Amazon puts first electric semi trucks into ocean freight operation

Amazon puts first electric semi trucks into ocean freight operation

Southern California truck spotters will have plenty of electric semi trucks to watch out for as Amazon adds fifty Class 8 EVs to its commercial fleet. The fully electric Volvo semi trucks purchased will haul both heavy cargo containers and customer package loads in Amazon’s first- and middle-mile operations in California. The trucks will join the hundreds of last-mile electric vans from Ford and Rivian that are already delivering packages across the golden state. These are the first-ever electric trucks in the company’s ocean freight operations, also known as drayage operations. They’ve already started hitting the road at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, with a dozen expected to be in service by the end of the year. “We’re proud to launch our largest fleet of electric heavy-duty vehicles yet in California,” said Udit Madan, vice president of Worldwide Amazon Operations. “Heavy-duty trucking is a particularly difficult area to decarbonize, which makes us all the more excited to have these vehicles on the road today. We’ll use what we learn from deploying these vehicles …

Testing the waters: Scotland surges ahead on ocean Power

Testing the waters: Scotland surges ahead on ocean Power

This article was originally featured on Undark. By quirk of geography, the Orkney islands, located off the northern tip of Scotland, are unusually well positioned to bear witness to the ocean’s might. On the archipelago’s western shores, waves crash relentlessly against the rocks. And within its numerous channels, the tides push an enormous volume of water from the North Atlantic to the North Sea and back again, twice every day, squeezing between and around the islands of Rousay, Westray, Eday, and a myriad of other ones. No wonder the European Marine Energy Center, one of the world’s leading agencies for developing and testing wave and tidal power technologies, chose to set up shop here; the nonprofit agency hosts both wave and tidal power testing facilities on Orkney. EMEC’s wave-energy testing site is at Billia Croo, located on the western shore of Orkney’s largest island. On a relatively calm day last spring, Lisa MacKenzie, EMEC’s marketing and communications manager, surveyed the gray waters from the Billia Croo site. “We get an average of 2-to-3-meter wave height,” …

Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangeroo Island: an eco hotel on Australia’s Galapagos

Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangeroo Island: an eco hotel on Australia’s Galapagos

At the request of founders, James, and Hayley Baillie, the original architect of Southern Ocean, Max Pritchard returned with his team to recreate 2.0. The original Lodge, which was the flagship of luxury collective, Baillie Lodges, was devastatingly burnt to the ground in bush fires in 2020, bar a sculpture of a kangaroo which sat in the lobby. More than a decade on, Pritchard has taken the opportunity to install cutting edge technology, setting new benchmarks for environmental sustainability in the tourism industry in everything from rainwater capture to solar power. 45,000 biodiverse native plants have been propagated on-site and planted to form a natural buffer from the surrounding wilderness. And of course, there is vastly upgraded fire prevention infrastructure. Source link

What did the ocean sound like before humans?

What did the ocean sound like before humans?

Imagine it’s the early 1900s and you’re a giant blue whale basking in the warm waters of the Santa Barbara Channel, just off the coast of Southern California. What do you hear? Fellow whale songs, murmuring currents, the occasional foghorn, perhaps. Fast-forward to 2024, and the quiet environment you once called home now sounds vastly different as massive cargo ships churn overhead, slicing through the water with powerful propellers as they converge upon two of the busiest ports in the world. Aggressive and impactful reporting on climate change, the environment, health and science. While few land dwellers have given much thought to this shift in ambient marine noise, new research has modeled, for the first time, how the Industrial Revolution and the advent of commercial shipping have turned up the volume in the waters off Los Angeles. The once-quiet environment of the Santa Barbara Channel is now about 30 times louder than it once was, according to a study published recently in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin. Researchers estimated noise levels in the Santa Barbara …

Florida teens seen on viral video dumping trash into ocean from a boat turn themselves in

Florida teens seen on viral video dumping trash into ocean from a boat turn themselves in

Two Florida teens seen in a viral video dumping trash into the Atlantic Ocean from a boat turned themselves into authorities on Friday and face a felony pollution charge, according to officials and court records. The suspects, a 15-year-old from Gulf Stream and a 16-year-old from Boynton Beach, are charged with one count each of causing pollution, so as to harm or injure human health or welfare, animal, plant, or aquatic life or property, according to arrest reports filed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, or FWC. The charge is a third-degree felony and carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $50,000 fine if convicted, according to the arrest report. NBC News does not generally name minors charged with crimes. Boaters dump trash into the ocean off the Florida coast.Wavy Boats / YouTube FWC chairman Rodney Barreto said Friday in a statement that “callous disregard for Florida’s environment will not be tolerated.” “This is a teaching moment for all those involved—Florida’s natural resources are precious, and we should all …

Mill Valley teacher suspected of sexual abuse found dead in ocean

Mill Valley teacher suspected of sexual abuse found dead in ocean

A Mill Valley music teacher who was arrested this week on suspicion of sexual abuse was found dead the next day off the Point Reyes National Seashore, according to officials. Darren Smith, 55, who was a Mill Valley School District employee for more than 10 years, was booked Tuesday on suspicion of lewd acts with a child and continuous sexual abuse of a child, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office told the San Francisco Chronicle. It was unclear Friday when Smith was released from the Marin County jail. On Wednesday, Smith’s body was found in the ocean after bystanders reported that a surfer had been washed out. Bystanders called 911 at 2:36 p.m. upon finding a surfboard on the beach and being unable to locate its owner, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Rescuers found the body around 5:30 p.m. about 2.5 miles northwest of the Drakes Beach parking area. Smith was pronounced dead and taken to the Marin County coroner’s office for a postmortem examination, officials said. Smith had been placed on administrative leave from …

From Kim Kardashian to Frank Ocean: The most controversial outfits worn to the Met Gala

From Kim Kardashian to Frank Ocean: The most controversial outfits worn to the Met Gala

Stay ahead of the curve with our weekly guide to the latest trends, fashion, relationships and more Stay ahead of the curve with our weekly guide to the latest trends, fashion, relationships and more The Met Gala is “fashion’s biggest night out” and Hollywood’s greatest excuse to dress completely out of the ordinary. Standard accessories include floating heads, green babies, capes, and canes, while furry catsuits, spikey head wraps, and stiff sculpture-esque garments are the norm. Year after year, a look book of bizarre glamour unfolds on the red carpet between spurts of simple tuxedos and clean-cut gowns. Honouring the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, the event is, of course, a display of opulence, gathering A-list elite and offering coveted invitations with a $50,000 price tag. But unlike the average black-tie gala, costumes and chaos are expected on the first Monday in May as the fashion emulates components of a brand-new spring exhibit – at least it’s supposed to. In other words, a healthy serving of whimsical elegance is warranted so long as it …

‘Endless Ocean: Luminous’ review | Mashable

‘Endless Ocean: Luminous’ review | Mashable

Endless Ocean: Luminous deserves credit for one thing: There’s not much else like it. The latest Nintendo Switch exclusive, courtesy of Nintendo and developer Arika, is an unconventional sort that challenged my notions of what a game needs to be considered “good.” That’s because Endless Ocean: Luminous doesn’t have much at all; it’s pretty much just a game about swimming around and scanning fish.  To be clear, that’s not a bad thing in and of itself. Endless Ocean: Luminous combines an immaculately chill attitude with a potent sense of mystery in the opening hours, but the game’s single player structure occasionally feels like it’s there to waste your time. A promising multiplayer mode could give it some (sea) legs, but the point is, you better really like looking at sharks if you want to get the most out of Luminous. Endless Ocean: Luminous plot There is cool stuff to find in the Veiled Sea. Credit: Nintendo This section is going to be short because, frankly, Endless Ocean has never been about story.  For those not …