Tangled Up In Words

By Daniel de la Calle In an LA Times article titled “In Science, Words Matter” oceanographer Elizabeth Tobin refers to the often talked about controversy that terms like the “great Pacific garbage patch”, the algae “red tide”, “global warming”, “Ocean Acidification”, etc tend to be hyperbolic, inaccurate and in occasions simply wrong.  She is worried […]

Winterless Spring

By Daniel de la Calle As seasons disappear and blend together, summer swallowing autumn and winter coming in glimpses and bursts, spring is still our queen of hope, a beginning, the unraveling of emotions and profusion: creativity. If you live in a city spring might make you lust green in the eyes and in mouth, […]

News Wire

By Daniel de la Calle Woke up today missing Jimmy McNulty, hence the title.  News, unstoppable, like rolling trains filled with sea adventures, awards, money, great videos and mahi mahi.  Who could possibly offer you more?: •MBARI (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute) researchers started carrying out this past February a three month expedition along the […]

News, Some Good

By Daniel de la Calle         »Washington State became last month the first in the USA to create an expert panel on Ocean Acidification. The panel, convened by Gov. Chris Gregoire, is made up of scientists, seafood industry representatives and local and tribal officials.  It has set up three tasks: 1    Survey the latest […]

Information & Communication

By Daniel de la Calle Information and communication, going hand in hand as should be: »Lecture near Lake Tahoe: Dr. Howard Spero, UC Davis, will deliver a lecture titled Changing Seas about the earth’s climate, climate change throughout history and ocean (and Lake Tahoe) acidification. The date is March 22nd at 5:30PM and the location […]

The Crossing Of The Andes

By Daniel de la Calle You can fool and distract yourself in the days leading to a trip, go through the motions of packing, closing doors and taking cabs in hypnotic discipline, behave in such a drowsy way during the flight that the experience nears teletransportation, but when the captain’s voice comes in the speaker […]

All Sorts Of News

By Daniel de la Calle »When the media loves something it just takes over the internet.  News came out yesterday about the new study by the Stockholm Environment Institute titled “Valuing the Ocean” where marine experts analyzed the most severe threats facing the world’s marine environment and estimated the cost of damage a year coming […]

THE FUTURE WE WANT and THE FUTURE WE DON’T WANT

By Daniel de la Calle I am sure you have seen this image all over the media these days.  I took it on my way to the airport, the night I was leaving Rio: Fish made out of plastic bottles, illuminated at night.  They were placed on Botafogo beach, the nearest beach to downtown Rio […]

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

By Daniel de la Calle Two news, one good and one bad. Then the ugly: THE GOOD: NASA claims to have developed an innovative method called OMEGA (Offshore Membrane Enclosures for Growing Algae), that grows algae, cleans waste-water, captures carbon dioxide and ultimately generates biofuel without competing with agriculture for water, fertilizer or land.  Wow. […]

Ocean Acidification and Education

By Daniel de la Calle Inspired by our upcoming screenings for students this Thursday and Friday in the Southern Chilean town of Puerto Montt we want to post information for and about students and Ocean Acidification: »Students from the Ridgeway School (Plymouth, UK) were commissioned by the European Project on Ocean Acidification (EPOCA) and the […]

Seeing Ghosts

By Daniel de la Calle Over the past few days you might have read about a Japanese “ghost ship”, a victim of last year’s tsunami, that just reached British Columbia. Experts expected most of the 20 million tons of debris from the natural disaster (about the size of California!) to arrive to the other side […]

Building Things Up For RIO+20

By Daniel de la Calle   As we get slowly closer to the month of June and RIO+20 we begin to see more online information linking the summit and Ocean Acidification, which is encouraging.  I have also included some related news items to our usual list: »In an article on RTCC (a Non-Governmental Organization and […]

Ocean Acidification News, Again

By Daniel de la Calle   I know it has been a while since we last posted news about Ocean Acidification and other related environmental problems on the blog.  In an effort to catch up with the latest information out there, here we offer a first list:     •Scientists launched the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature […]

Little Red Dots

By Daniel de la Calle•   Don’t be afraid to scratch if they itch:     •Anyone who has been to the Pacific Northeast in general and to Puget Sound in particular can bear witness to its beauty and uniqueness.  An invisible contributor to this distinctiveness lies in the origin of its waters: strong currents bring […]

The Tough Choice

By Daniel de la Calle Let me ask you this question:  in the fight to save ecosystems and biodiversity around the globe, do you think we should begin targeting those areas and species with more chances of survival?  Or should most funding resources still go to those areas that seem more fragile, more threatened by […]

Videos Of Present & Future Inventions

By Daniel de la Calle This weekend I wanted to take a look at inventions, some that look like science fiction but are in fact here with us now, other technologies that still need years or decades in development to be functional but that look promising, ingenious, and cheap simple ideas that are changing the […]

Pizza Vs. Sushi

By Daniel de la Calle Researchers believe we should prepare ourselves for a world with more anchovies and less tuna:     Various recent studies indicate a constant decrease in the number of marine predators; from sharks to tuna, our “lions and tigers of the seas” are becoming less and less abundant.  If certain key elements […]

Weekend Material

By Daniel de la Calle   ¤Marine Spacial Planning presents a rational approach to ocean management.  The system tries to “allocate space in the ocean allowing compatible uses to coexist, separating incompatible ones, all while protecting the environment”.  This video presentation with Philippe Cousteau explains things in more detail: “The ocean economy in the USA […]

News and a Rumor

By Daniel de la Calle Distilled from the World Wide Web for you:     -The Plymouth Marine Laboratory has launched a new short film on Ocean Acidification. Its title is “Ocean acidification: Connecting science, industry, policy and public”. Here it is     -Folks at United By Blue are organizing a cleanup on Saturday June 11th […]

Reconsider Your Shrimp

By Daniel de la Calle » Williams College, in Williamstown, Mass. is hosting an Oceans Symposium and next Monday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m., Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer at The New Yorker, will lead a discussion following a showing of A Sea Change, Imagine a World Without Fish. » Beautiful new documentary on the oceans […]

A List of Lists

By Daniel de la Calle   We are still in January, the month of lists and resolutions for the remaining 11 months or the rest of our lives.  Here I list of some of those lists: •The Center for Biological Diversity announced their Top Ten priorities for 2012. Here is the list: 1    Save the […]

Research News and Job Opportunities

By Daniel de la Calle I bring you some research news and job opportunities to start the week:     •The University of Alaska Fairbanks placed its first Ocean Acidification buoy in Alaskan waters last April.  “This is the first dedicated ocean acidification mooring to be deployed in a high-latitude coastal sea,” said Jeremy Mathis, principal […]

That Elusive Golden Past

By Daniel de la Calle The screening at Maloka and the countless interviews in Bogotá couldn’t have gone any better.  Some sort of miracle, some magic must have turned my pumpkin backpack into the Ocean Acidification ambassador’s golden chariot (caught up in the worst traffic jams ever, though!) and I was welcomed like royalty, asked […]

Saint Nicholas Post

By Daniel de la Calle  As advanced celebration of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker tomorrow, here are a few links, photos, videos and news for you all, stuffed inside the shoes you are putting out tonight:     •A team of scientists at Santa Cruz’s University of California have spent the past three years studying the submarine […]

Sanctuary

By Daniel de la Calle       Islands make for miniature universes, like snow globes: they transform a few miles distance into the crossing of a continent, produce insular dwarfism (where even the animals try to scale down and look only into the restricted cosmos) and remarkable adaptation from its species.  I know what it […]