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 […]

Autumn News

By Daniel de la Calle       •Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute scientists have launched a sophisticated, unique tool to study the effects of Ocean Acidification on deep-sea animals in their native habitat, using free-flowing water.  The idea behind Free-Ocean Carbon Enrichment (FOCE) is to create a test area on the seafloor where seawater pH […]

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 […]

Blog Post Comments Worth Being Blog Posts

By Hilary, Colin and Daniel de la Calle On my last post I wrote about a University of Florida Research that might have solved “the mystery of where old carbon was stored during the last glacial period”, the answer being that it “ended up in the icy waters of the Southern Ocean near Antarctica.”  I […]

Books, Projects and PhDs

By Daniel de la Calle “All truth passes through three stages: First, it is ridiculed; Second, it is violently opposed; and Third, it is accepted as self-evident.” – Arthur Schopenhauer     ¤The European Union is launching this April a new three-year project called Mediterranean Sea Acidification in a changing climate (MedSeA).  Its goal is to […]

THE CENSUS OF MARINE LIFE

By Daniel de la Calle This month the Census of Marine Life (COML) project announced the results of their mammoth work since the year 2000, one of the biggest collaborations in the history of science with 2,700 researchers from 80 countries embarked in a total of 540 logged ocean expeditions.  The total cost of the […]

Monday’s Smorgasbord

By Daniel de la Calle Every few weeks there is a new one, March was not going to be an exception. Here you go, the list of A Sea Change news, Ocean Acidification videos and assorted internet links.     ¤¤  Barbara and Sven spent this past month on the West Coast attending screenings, meeting people, […]

The Highest High, The Lowest Low

By Daniel de la Calle Today is World Water Day.  All kinds of events must be taking place around the planet with the spotlight on water, on its current state and its importance to us living creatures.  Some of them will surely point out our dependency on good water and the paradoxical way we treat […]

More November News on Ocean Acidification and the Environment

By Daniel de la Calle This November I’m looking for traces of “Ocean Acidification”, not in water, but on the internet.  I found the following news and links I thought could/would/should interest you. ¤ Britain sets up the world’s largest marine reserve. Since November 1st, the world’s largest fully protected marine reserve is located in […]

Oceanic News

By Daniel de la Calle I just spent five hours flying over the Atlantic and as a tribute to it have decided to list five nuggets of information about our oceans, those two thirds of Earth that we normally see as highways, supermarkets, dumpsters, bounties of riches or playgrounds, but are seldom given the importance […]

The Sea of Huge Breams

By Daniel de la Calle When we are a small person, the novelty of life and language combined with our imagination sometimes makes us come to the most hilarious and endearing words and conclusions.  My daughter is bilingual and I have to confess that oftentimes I delay correcting some of her funny Spanglish words to […]

News: What Blogs Are For

By Daniel de la Calle Here is the classic list of web finds you have seen right here in the past.  This week I dug out two great videos, info about a workshop in China, a job offer, some news and a literary reference, clearly enough to enhance your weekend experience. Echinoderms will be fine.  […]

“The Death of the Oceans?”

By Daniel de la Calle Same day the Census For Marine Life made public the results of those ten years of research (read October 16th blog post) the BBC broadcast a new documentary narrated by David Attenborough and titled “The Death of the Oceans?”. The hour long film shows the outstanding marine footage we have […]

10 Good News, 10

By Daniel de la Calle It might be the cosmetic work of politicians, it may be hard to see the good side of it, could even leave you a bit confused, but here are 10 pieces of news that could ignite (emissions free, of course) true, authentic change: 1   Britain decides to stop airport growth around […]

SCRIPPS and A Sea Change: Science and Cinema on a Mission

On Friday night we had a reunion in La Jolla with our colleagues from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  It was the first time we had gotten together since we stormed COP15.  After much strategizing, we have decided to have a repeat performance at COP16 in November.  We concluded that we had, in fact, made […]

Sea Level Rise, Ocean Warming and Ocean Acidification

By Daniel de la Calle If you can spare 18 minutes, please watch this video of a conference about the oceans delivered by Professor Rob Dunbar, of Stanford University. I believe it was held in the Galapagos Islands not long ago. Professor Dunbar talks about sea level rise, ocean warming and about what “frightens [him] […]

One Victory for our Oceans: The EPA will Focus on Ocean Acidification

Check out this new article from the Christian Science Monitor about the EPA’s decision to help states study and address the increasing acidity of their waters.  This will be another use of the powerful Clean Water Act, and possibly a landmark event in bringing attention to ocean acidification.  This important step has been brought to […]

Webcombing

By Daniel de la Calle I did a little webcombing this afternoon and found some news that could interest you, whoever you are, the reader of this blog. These are the fruits of that labor: 1   NOAA is proposing to establish a research area in Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary.  Their idea is to designate an […]

Teaching Moments

By Ben Kalina It’s been two years now since we filmed A Sea Change along the northern California coast and the  journey continues with screenings scheduled globally as we plan another celebration of World Ocean Day in early June.  As if ocean acidification wasn’t enough and we needed another reason to wean ourselves quickly from […]

The ocean down under

A recent article on ocean acidification from down under. We didn’t make it there during production; unfortunately carbon dioxide did. Ok, not that funny. But neither is climate change.

“That other carbon problem”

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) held a conference in February which tackled, among other things, “that other carbon problem: ocean acidification.” John Timmer of Ars Technica wrote up a full report.

NOAA defines ocean acidification

This is a detailed, clean explanation of what ocean acidification is. Straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak, i.e., from the NOAA website. NOAA is the U.S. government agency specifically charged with studying ocean and climate, fyi. You pronounce the acronym just like that guy from the Bible: remember the ark? It stands for […]

A fledgling Sea Change in Florida

A 20-minute, work-in-progress cut from A Sea Change will screen in early July in the Educational Center at the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Though the symposium is for scientists, the Educational Center is open to the public, so we’re hoping to get some feedback we can keep in mind as […]